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Reminder about the importance of flu shots

To the editor:

Fall is here and children have all went back to school. Flu-season will soon be here too. Nobody likes to see his or her loved ones sick, so let us all do our part in preventing the spreading of the virus.

It is important to get your flu shot, especially before everyone is passing the germs. Our bodies must have time to build up the antibodies that provide us protection. Flu shots are available at any drug stores in the area, doctors’ offices, some workplaces, etc. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, “An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2019). If you have more questions, you can visit its website for more information.

In addition to getting a vaccine, handwashing is very important. The CDC reported: “Handwashing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16 percent.” Also: “The use of an alcohol gel hand sanitizer in the classroom provided an overall reduction in absenteeism due to infection by 19.8 percent among 16 elementary schools and 6,000 students” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2016).

Kids share many supplies at school and are constantly touching germy surfaces, so encourage hand washing. Adults need to hand wash too. Lastly, exercising and receiving adequate sleep is important as well. Please do your part to stay healthy and keep this flu season at a minimum!

References: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2016. Hygiene Fast Facts. July 26. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2019. Key Facts about Seasonal Flu Vaccine. September 24.

Haley Davis,

Salem,

YSU Nursing Student

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