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To the editor:
As we enter the flu season, Margie Harris, director
of nursing for the Logan County Health Department, has this
Getting a flu shot makes good sense. Of greatest importance,
immunizing people who already suffer from chronic health problems
can help them avoid serious flu-related complications that can land
them in the hospital or even end their lives.
Each year, 5 percent to 20 percent of the population contracts
More than 200,000 people are hospitalized annually from
Ninety percent of the people who have died from flu in the past
10 years were 65 years of age or older.
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Pneumonia and flu are the fifth-leading cause of death in the
U.S. for people 65 years of age and older.
Flu vaccines reduce hospitalizations among the elderly by up to
57 percent and deaths by 30 percent.
It's not too late to vaccinate!!
Senior Issues Task Force
(Posted Jan. 4, 2007)
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