Greene County News
XENIA — Greene County Public Health would like to remind you that flu season is here and that all children, ages 6 months through 18 years, and adults, should get a seasonal flu vaccine.
The flu is a contagious respiratory disease infecting the nose, throat, and lungs and can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia or bronchitis, hospitalization, or even death. It can also cause certain health conditions, like diabetes, asthma, and heart and lung disease, to become worse. Even healthy people can get sick with the flu and have serious complications. But even if you are one of the lucky ones who bounces back quickly from the flu, people around you may not be so lucky. Getting a flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from this serious disease.
Flu viruses are constantly changing, and different viruses can circulate causing illness each season. Vaccines are made each year to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates will be most common. Also, vaccination immunity declines after a year. This is why everyone needs a flu vaccine every season.
Flu vaccine is now available at the offices of Greene County Public Health in Xenia. Call 937-374-5600 for an appointment. Health Commissioner, Melissa Branum, reminds everyone to maintain good health by washing hands regularly, covering coughs and sneezes, eating a balanced diet, exercising and getting the right amount of sleep.
For more information log on to www.gcph.info or www.flu.gov.
Story courtesy of Greene County Public Health.