Friday, October 2, 2015

Flu Season is Here

Flu season is here and now is the time to make sure members of your congregation are protected from flu and the serious complications that can accompany it.

Last flu season over 54,000 Missourian’s tested positive for the flu.  Each flu season is different, which can affect how well the flu vaccine works.  However, studies have shown that annual flu vaccination can decrease hospitalizations and complications from the flu.  Annual flu vaccination is important especially for people at higher risk of complications from the flu.  Individuals at high risk of complications of from the flu include:
·         Children under five years of age;
·         Pregnant women;
·         Individuals 65 years of age and older;
·         American Indians and Alaskan Natives;
·         Individuals who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities;
·         Individuals who live with or care for those at higher risk for complications from flu; and
·         Individuals with certain chronic medical conditions who are at a higher risk for developing flu related complications.

Please talk with members of your congregation about getting the vaccine now.  By getting the flu vaccine now, individuals are not only protecting themselves from the flu, but are less likely to spread the virus to family members, co-workers and others. 

Please consider printing and providing the attached as a bulletin insert to give to your members or including the information in publications.  This fact sheet and other resources developed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services are available to you at no cost and can be ordered at or by calling 573.751.6124

Missouri Immunization News
Bureau of Immunizations
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
930 Wildwood Drive, PO Box 570
Jefferson City, MO  65102-0570
Phone: 573-751-6124

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