2014-02-27 / Community

VA: Not too late to get flu shot

Local center reminds vets to get vaccine

IRON MOUNTAIN – The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, is reminding veterans that flu shots are still available at the medical center or any of its VA Community Outpatient Clinics across the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. Walk-in appointments are welcome.

“It’s not too late to get your flu shot,” says Darlene Johnson, the medical center’s Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program manager. “Flu vaccination is your best protection again the flu, which usually begins in the fall and can continue until late spring.”

Influenza seasons are unpredictable and can stay active as late as May. The enter for Disease Control recommends people get vaccinated against the flu as long as the flu viruses are circulating. The flu is currently circulating throughout Michigan and the local area.

Influenza is a respiratory illness that spreads easily from person to person. Protection can take up to two weeks to be effective and lasts for about a year. Washing hands, using hand sanitizer and covering your cough can also prevent the flu from spreading.

“We encourage everyone six months old and older to get the flu vaccination, especially people who have a chronic health condition like asthma; diabetes; heart, lung or kidney disease; or reduced resistance to infection,” said Johnson.

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