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It's not too late to protect yourself and family from the flu

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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 reminder:

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 the flu.

More than 200,000 people are hospitalized annually from flu-related complications.

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!!

Julie King
Senior Issues Task Force

(Posted Jan. 4, 2007)

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