The Grundy County Health Department would like to remind everyone we're still offering adult and children's influenza vaccinations by appointment every week. "The very young, pregnant women, elderly, and those with certain underlying health problems are at higher risk to have serious flu-related complications".
This data is not good news since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed a total of 183 influenza-associated pediatric deaths during the 2017-2018 flu season. Although influenza (flu) activity remains at minimal levels, the virus can still cause illness and even death.
Tennessee's county health departments are holding special "FightFluTN" events across the state Wednesday to provide flu shots at no charge to increase the number of people vaccinated in Tennessee. There will be signage posted to direct anyone wanting a free flu shot to the flu clinic entrance and parking.
Medical Monday: protect yourself against the flu
As long as flu viruses are circulating, it's not too late to get vaccinated as the flu shot can reduce illnesses, missed work and school, doctor visits, and can prevent flu-related hospitalizations, the ISDH added.
CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October so that people are more likely to be protected against the flu when activity picks up in the community, however, vaccination into December and beyond can be beneficial during most flu seasons, including this one. This year there are many flu vaccine options available, and residents should speak with a healthcare provider about which flu vaccine is best for them.
Remember that antiviral medications are a second-line defense against the flu. Flu symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue.