It’s not too late for flu vaccine

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 5, 2019

It’s not too late to get a flu shot. In fact, if you haven’t gotten one, please consider getting one now — if not for your sake for the sake of others who come in contact with you.

In late November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Mississippi as having the highest flu-like activity in the country.

The flu is no fun, and wreaks havoc on children and the elderly in particular.

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The waiting rooms of doctors’ offices in Natchez, as well as pharmacies, are filled to the brink with those suffering from coughs, runny noses, blocked sinuses, fevers and chills and often-unpleasant digestive symptoms, too.

While no flu vaccination is 100 percent effective, the flu vaccine can help prevent or lessen the effects of the flu. And, no, you cannot get the flu from a flu vaccination. Experts say those who claim the vaccination gave them the flu were likely exposed before receiving the vaccine.

The flu virus is spread from person to person by contact. During the holidays, when we are traveling on planes and cars in close quarters, and when we are hugging and kissing friends and relatives, one can’t be too cautious in protecting oneself from influenza.

The CDC recommends limiting contact with those you know are sick. If you are sick, you should stay at home and away from others until your have been fever free for at least 24 hours. Other tips:

  •  Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using the tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, which is how most germs enter the body.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may have been contaminated with germs like the flu in your home and office.

Taking a few steps now could save you from a lot of misery, and could save the life of someone you love.