Why Get a Flu Vaccine

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Patti McCormick’s daughter, Ashley, died Dec. 27, 2013 from influenza-related complications. Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves against flu, but their loved ones as well. A flu shot will help prevent the virus from spreading as families gather during the Christmas season.

“I encourage those who haven’t been vaccinated this season to get vaccinated now,” McCormick said. “I am speaking out publicly to tell my daughter’s story, so that others will be spared from this terrible disease that took my daughter’s life too soon.”

Ashley was a healthy, young woman who worked as a nanny. She came home sick with a runny nose, sore throat, and headache on Dec. 20, 2013. One week later, she died from complications related to influenza. She had not received a flu shot. For many people the flu can mean a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. More than 200,000 people, however, are hospitalized in the United States from flu complications and over 36,000 die from flu each year.

Some people are at higher risk for serious flu-related complications like pneumonia, which can lead to hospitalization or, in some cases, death. The higher-risk group includes young children, pregnant women, and individuals 65 and older. In addition, those who live with certain medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease are also at higher risk. It is also necessary to get the vaccine if you care for anyone at high risk, including babies younger than 6 months since they are too young to get the vaccine.

Article courtesy of Oakland County Health Division https://www.oakgov.com/health

Submitted by Kristina Wieghmink

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