Check Your Health: Influenza

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(KUTV) — It's flu season. Rich Lakin, the Utah Immunization Program Manager stopped by 2News to bring you up to speed on the following:

1. Influenza activity Nationwide

2. Influenza activity in Utah

3. How do we prevent influenza?

The first and most important step in preventing flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions (like staying away from people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes and frequent handwashing) to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like flu.

4. Who is at risk for getting the flu?

Anyone can get the flu (even healthy people), and serious problems related to the flu can happen at any age, but some people are at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications if they get sick. This includes people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), pregnant women, and young children.

5. Can I get the flu from the flu shot?

The flu shot: The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some minor side effects that may occur are:

  • Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
  • Fever (low grade)
  • Aches

6. Where can someone wanting to get a flu shot go to get the vaccine?

Contact your healthcare provider’s office, local health department or call the Immunization hotline 1-800-275-0659.