Indiana Department of Health urging everyone to get their flu shots

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"Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family and others from the flu and help keep our community healthy", said Sevier County Health Department Director Jana Chambers.

Today, December 4, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported its first laboratory-confirmed case of influenza for the 2018-2019 flu season.

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The health department said that flu vaccination should also be a priority for those persons who live with or care for persons at higher risk for influenza-related complications. An annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect against the flu. It is spread by respiratory droplets released when infected people cough or sneeze nearby or when people touch surfaces or objects contaminated with those infectious respiratory droplets.

A time set aside to encourage those who have not gotten the flu shot to get vaccinated. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over the age of 6 months.

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For more information about the flu and getting a flu vaccine, call the Perry County Health Department at 931-589-2138 or visit Tennessee Health Department online. People can also get the flu by touching something, like a door handle, that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, eyes, or nose.

But if you have heart disease, it's especially important to take notice.

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Though mild side effects like temporary soreness of the injection site and mild fever are possible, the injectable flu shot is the only recommended delivery method for heart disease patients. There will be signage posted to direct anyone wanting a free flu shot to the flu clinic entrance and parking. Many observational studies have found that in addition to lessening the duration and severity of symptoms, antiviral drugs can prevent flu complications.

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