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Time to consider a flu shot to avoid sickness later

Where we stand

December 15, 2012
The Mining Journal

Although flu season typically doesn't peak until January or February, some public health officials are saying December might be the worst month this season.

That said, it's wise to get ahead of that curve and get a flu shot now.

Flu is a fact of life in the U.S., but the readily available vaccine has significantly lessened the chances that it has to play a role in anyone's death.

Still, many experts recommend that anyone with an immature immune system, such as the very young, or potentially compromised immune system, such as elderly persons or post-operative patients, get a shot.

And let's face it. It's a relatively painless process because the vaccine is so readily available. The cost is minimal and many insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover it.

Call the Marquette County Health Department at 475-7844 for additional information.



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