Get a shot

Though the recent balmy weather seems more fitting for reminders to be on the lookout for mosquitos spreading West Nile Virus, the Kansas Depart­ment of Health and Environment is urging all Kansans to receive an annual flu vaccination to protect themselves and their loved ones. It’s not too late. In fact, Dec. 4-10 is National Influenza Vaccination Week.

KDHE reports that on average, 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population contracts the flu yearly, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with flu complications. During the 2015-16 influenza season, influenza contributed directly to 12 deaths among Kansas residents. This was a sharp decline from the previous season with 95 deaths. Of the Kansas deaths, 42 percent were among those between the ages of 45-64. Four influenza outbreaks in longterm care facilities were investigated during 2015-16 season.

Guard your health. Get vaccinated. —DR

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