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Flu season likely to peak in the coming weeks

22 December 2017, 12:34 | Darrell Baldwin

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Doctors continue to warn Oklahomans about the dangers of the flu as the number of deaths related to the virus rises.

The Department of Public Health and El Paso Fire Department held a vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the EPFD's Safety and Health Outreach Center, 5415 Trowbridge Drive.

Have you ever wondered how the flu is spread? "What compounds it is why we always push people to get the flu shots before the Thanksgiving holiday - it's really the travel to those areas where there are flu outbreaks". But no antiviral resistant flu was reported in Region 8; and no pediatric influenza-related mortality occurred in that week.

His hypothesis became the basis of numerous studies showing that people with the lowest Vitamin D levels reported having significantly more colds or cases of the flu. "The number of cases has been climbing but steadily, not "spiking". And if you get the flu despite getting the vaccination, it's often a milder case.

The winter flu season has started and will probably peak in the next three to six weeks, according to the Health Service Executive.

Another nurse expressed worry that if someone who did not get the shot came down with the flu and called in sick, there could be punitive measures taken. Opponents say the potential for complications does not make the risk worthwhile.

"They've had it since, like, three months ago", Perez said.

"The influenza vaccine protects against multiple strains of flu", said Stacey Anderson of the DPHHS Communicable Disease Epidemiology section.

The flu vaccine is the single best way to protect against catching and spreading flu.

There are four steps that can help prevent the spread of the disease.

The issues involving vaccinations, for the flu or other illnesses, are complex and boil down to personal choice, say opponents of MCMC's policy. And contain your germs by staying home if you are sick.

Anderson also states that getting the vaccine not only helps the individual, but can help keep others healthy as well.

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