County Executive Mike Hein Reminds Residents To Protect Themselves Against The Flu

Posted October 31, 2017


County Executive Mike Hein reminds residents of the importance of receiving their flu vaccination during influenza season. County Executive Hein received his flu vaccination last week at the Ulster County Office Building to demonstrate the importance of preventing the spread of the virus. He received his flu shot alongside dozens of County employees as part of the County’s initiative to provide employees annual flu shots. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends annual vaccinations for everyone, 6 months of age and older.

“A flu vaccination is the best way to reduce the chances of getting the flu and spreading it to others,” said County Executive Mike Hein. “It is an essential preventative health measure and I urge residents to get the flu shot to avoid any unnecessary illness. There are many locations where residents can go to receive a flu vaccination, making it convenient for individuals to fit it into their busy schedules.”

Dr. Carol Smith, Ulster County Commissioner of Health
“Influenza is a serious disease that can be averted with a timely vaccination,” said Dr. Carol Smith, Ulster County Commissioner of Health. “In addition to getting vaccinated, other preventative actions may be taken such as washing your hands to reduce the spread of germs and covering your cough. If you are sick with the flu, stay home from work or school to prevent spreading influenza to others.”

Influenza is a contagious disease and can include symptoms such as fever, chills, headache, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue and body aches. The flu virus can be much more detrimental for older adults, young children, and people who have certain chronic diseases making recovery more difficult. Flu viruses can spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing, as well as touching a surface or object that contains flu viruses and then touching your mouth or nose.

According to the New York State Department of Health, every year in the United States, on average:
• 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu,
• More than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and;
• The flu causes about 3,000 to 49,000 deaths each year. About 90% of these deaths occur in people 65 years or older.

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Photo: County Executive Mike Hein receiving Flu Shot