Flu vaccination still relevant as flu season continues

With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is urging all Kansans to receive an annual flu vaccination to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Influenza or pneumonia contributed to, or was the direct cause of, 1,444 deaths among Kansas residents during the 2012-13 influenza season.

?Flu season is here and before it becomes widespread, take the opportunity to get your vaccine now,? said Robert Moser, KDHE secretary and state health officer. ?Getting a flu vaccination is also a great way to protect those who are at high risk.?

Nearly all persons six months and older are recommended to receive a flu vaccine every year.

Vaccination is especially important for protecting those at high risk for serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older, and anyone with chronic health conditions like asthma, heart disease and diabetes. To get a flu vaccine, contact your health-care provider or the local health department.

More from Hillsboro Free Press
Deaths (Nov. 18, 2009)
Edward R.C. Classen 87, who had many relatives in Hillsboro, died Friday,...
Read More