Archive for Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Residents should still get flu shots

January 17, 2001

State health officials advise residents who've been procrastinating to not wait any longer to get their flu shots.

"It's never too late in the flu season to get the flu shot," said Mike Heideman, Kansas Department of Health and Environment public information officer.

Heideman said the strains of influenza that have been identified so far by the state public health laboratory are strains that are included in this year's flu vaccine.

Flu season normally peaks in January, Heideman said.

"And it can go through April, and so there's still time for someone to receive their flu shots now and have the benefit of it," he added.

Tonganoxie physician Philip Stevens said Tuesday that his office still has flu vaccinations available. The vaccines, he noted, generally arrived late this year, because of manufacturing complications.

He said it's still important to get flu vaccines.

"The season is also late arriving, this year," Stevens said. "We're just now starting to see patients who have the flu."

The office of Tonganoxie physician Deborah Gammill also said influenza vaccines are available.

The state guidelines especially encourage flu vaccines for the following: those aged 50 and older, individuals with long-term heart or lung problems, residents of nursing homes; patients suffering from kidney disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, anemia, asthma, cancer or immunologic disorders, women in their second or third trimester of pregnancy; and those who work in the medical professions.

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