Public health officials urging residents to get flu shots

Public health officials urging residents to get flu shots

Kane County Health Department officials continue to urge residents to get a flu shot ahead of a potential serious outbreak of the disease later this season.

Public health officials around the nation are observing National Influenza Vaccination Week, with a message that it is not too late to get vaccinated against the contagious disease. Tom Schlueter, a spokesperson for the county health department cautioned that immune system can’t immediately absorb the vaccine.

Urging people to get flu shots, Schlueter said, “It takes about two weeks for our immune system to absorb the vaccine. If people get their flu shot now, it would take effect around the time people are getting together for the holidays.”

As per the health department’s latest Influenza Surveillance Summary, among 4 reporting hospital emergency rooms, nearly 2 per cent of visitors had flu-like symptoms during the week ended Nov. 6th. Four patients were tested positive for Influenza A.

Separately, the California Department of Public Health has announced the first flu death of a person aged less 65 years for this flu season. With \out revealing the identity of the victim, health officials said that the death occurred in Los Angeles County.

Seasonal flu is characterized by symptoms like cough, sore throat, fever, chills, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue.


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