Kern County reports first flu death of season

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

"We urge everyone in Perry County who has not received a flu shot yet to get one now, and this event is a great time to do it". Most people with a history of heart disease know they are at a higher risk for complications like cardiac rhythm problems, coronary artery disease and stroke.

In a related announcement, during September 2018, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) said on its website that they recommend that all women who are or might be pregnant during the influenza season receive an influenza vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year.

Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.

DCPH also wants to remind residents that getting vaccinated is a community effort that not only protects yourself, but also family, friends and those around you, according to the department.

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Free flu shots will be available to everyone Wednesday, Dec. 5.

The flu shot remains the best protection against influenza.

This year the health department has Fluzone High Dose quadrivalent flu vaccine for persons 65 years of age and older.

Flu symptoms can include fever or feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, tiredness, and some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

It can take up to two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so getting vaccinated now would still provide protection from the flu over the holidays.

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