MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

January 23, 2013

Get a shot, stay home if you have flu

Health officials are urging everyone to get vaccinated against the flu.

We agree.

If you have not received a vaccination, please get one.

If you are sick, please stay home until you are well enough to avoid passing the flu to others.

People more than 50 years old, very young children and people of any age with chronic medical conditions are more likely to get complications from the flu.

Doctors will tell you that the flu is not just a bad cold. It is a serious illness that can kill you.

There are between 250,000 to 500,000 deaths each year from the flu.

Youth is not an immunity to the flu.

Everyone is susceptible to the flu.

Get a shot.

Stay home if you are ill.

Flu shot availability

Muskogee and Cherokee county health department officials say they have plenty of flu vaccine available. McIntosh County officials say they are low on vaccine. All health departments are asking you to call ahead to schedule a shot.

Cherokee County — (918) 456-8826.

McIntosh County — (918) 689-7774.

Muskogee County — (918) 683-0321. Wagoner County — (918) 485-3022.

If you have the flu

If you do become sick with flu symptoms, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other things you have to do that no one else can do for you. Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine, such as acetaminophen. You should stay home from work, school, travel, shopping, social events and public gatherings. Remember to cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and wash your hands often to keep from spreading flu to others.

Source: Oklahoma State

Department of Health

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