Health Care

Flu Shots Are Worth It

Flu Shots Are Worth It

The county has received eight reported cases of influenza-related hospitalizations since December 22, according to the Mesa County Health Department.

Over the last three seasons, there have been 17 pediatric flu deaths in total in NY and an average of 9,800 flu-related hospitalizations each season.

So far in NY, doctors are seeing signs of a possible increase in influenza during the December holidays.

Those not especially vulnerable to flu complications who get the vaccine will stop themselves from potentially passing the virus to the very young, old, pregnant or chronically ill.

Healthcare workers who are not vaccinated against the flu are now required to wear surgical masks in areas where patients typically are.

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Flu season occurs primarily from October through May, often peaking in February.

Yourdon says the time is now to get a flu shot if you haven't already.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends flu shots annually for everyone at least 6 months old. Officials say it's not too late to get vaccinated. There have been no child deaths from flu. The Health Department has a pay scale based on income to determine how much you will be charged.

Contact the Mesa County Health Department at 248-6900 to make an appointment.


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