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Flu Vaccination Information

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Medical Staff at Memorial Community and Health System Cautions Community

According to medical staff at Memorial Community Hospital & Health System (MCH&HS), influenza season is quickly approaching and it is time to think about being vaccinated to help prevent this highly contagious respiratory illness.

Vaccination protects against influenza by stimulating an immune response against the influenza virus. It takes about two weeks post vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body to provide protection. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccination as soon as the vaccine is available to you.

Depending on the severity of circulating strains of the flu, it kills between 3,000 and 49,000 individuals in the United States annually. Influenza can cause serious complications in people with chronic illness, and in the worst cases can be fatal. There is no easy way to predict the severity of the circulating virus from year to year and vaccination offers the best protection available for yourself and for those around you.

"If we as a community choose vaccination as our first defense against influenza, we can reach a level called population or social immunity which is a form of indirect protection from influenza. This occurs when a large percentage of our population has become immune to influenza through vaccination, thereby providing a measure of protection for individuals who are not able to be vaccinated due to contraindications," said Annette Spooner, BSN, RN, CIC, who specializes in Infection Prevention and Control at MCH&HS.

MCH&HS and its three clinics, the Blair Clinic, Fort Calhoun Clinic, and Tekamah Cottonwood Clinic, are ready to serve the communities and will begin offering the influenza vaccination on September 5th.

More information about influenza may be found on the CDC's web site at www.cdc.gov or at www.mchhs.org.

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