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Hospital workers need flu shots

Hospital workers need flu shots”

The Macon-Bibb Health Department is holding a drive-thru flu shot clinic for residents November 9.

Officials say providing the free service is a great way to encourage everyone in the community to keep themselves protected.

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated before the end of October.

Patty Quinlisk, says the first flu-related death of the season was an elderly central Iowa man, who died earlier this month.

Relatives of people in this high-risk group, as well as health workers, are also targeted. If you live with or care for an infant younger than 6 months of age, you should get a flu vaccine to help protect them from flu.

So far, more than 120 million vaccines have been administered nationwide, according to the CDC.

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The flu is very contagious and can lead to serious complications, said Jalbert.

Australia has had its worst flu season in recent years, with more than 2 1/2 times more confirmed cases than last year, according to the Australian Department of Health.

But, they say this recent death is a reminder the flu virus can be deadly.

The registered nurse has for weeks spent hours pushing a cart around the hospital, vaccinating employees and volunteers against the seasonal flu.

"Some people delay getting a flu shot in the mistaken belief that vaccine effectiveness will wear off before winter, when flu season typically intensifies", said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County health officer, in a news release.



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