WTVM 10/17/14 Editorial: Protect yourself, get vaccinated against the flu

(WTVM) - Exotic and frightening viruses like Ebola make all of us a little more worried about our health right now, but statistically, flu season presents a much greater danger to all of us, and flu season is already here.

Doctors say everyone from six years old and up should get a flu shot.

This year, there are two major strains of flu: "Influenza A," known as H3N2, and "Influenza B."

The H3N2 strain tends to affect the elderly population more severely than the rest of us, and experts say the H3N2 flu typically leads to more hospitalization and deaths.

So get a flu shot and get it soon.

Remember that your workplace and home can quickly spread the flu, even if you practice frequent hand washing.

Take a few seconds to wipe down your phone, workspace, kitchens and bathrooms with disinfectant wipes.

Every year, thousands of people die from the flu, but you don't have to be one of them.

Never has the flu vaccine been easier to find. In our area, Publix, Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and smaller independent pharmacies are just a few of the easiest places to get the shot.

Of course, you can get the vaccine from your family doctor, or at a clinic or college health center. Many employers and some schools provide on-site nurses to administer free shots.

There are even egg-free versions of this year's vaccine for anyone allergic to that common ingredient in the medicine.

Please do the smart thing this fall. Get a flu shot and protect yourself and others.

It's the one proactive step we can all take, right here, right now, to control our own health and safety in these uncertain times.


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