AMARILLO -- Local, state and federal public health officials recommend that Influenza immunization should begin as soon as influenza vaccine is available in the community.
"Early vaccination is important," said Dr. Roger Smalligan, Health Authority for Potter and Randall counties. "We encourage vaccination now so that we have a protected population to extend for the entire influenza season. We know that the flu is a potentially dangerous disease and can be fatal, and were fortunate to have a way to prevent it by taking a flu shot."
According to the CDC, all people 6 months of age and older should get flu vaccine. Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of severe influenza and their close contacts.
It is important to get the flu shot each year as protection can decrease from year to year and the strains can change. The Department of Public Health will monitor the community for flu activity.
"We receive reports of positive flu tests from doctors offices and hospitals," said Casie Stoughton, RN, Assistant Director. "Several providers voluntarily report flu results to us so that we get a snapshot each week of flu activity in our area. One thing is guaranteed - the flu will come to Amarillo and we need to be ready."
For additional information, call Casie Stoughton, RN or Carrie Carlton at 806.378.6300.
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