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Huber: It's that time of year to take note

You kind of forget about things and how quickly seasonal elements come and go.

Such is the case with flu, one such topic of late with no big outbreaks reported in our area and emphasis on being proactive key in preventing that from happening. A major way of accomplishing that is by getting your influenza (flu) vaccinations which are presently being offered at a number of outlets.

If you haven’t had yours yet there is still time to get protected before the heart of flu season hits.

Contrary to what you might think a large part of the population is included in the realm of those recommended for vaccination.

Among those are everyone ages six months and older to reduce the risk of becoming ill or transmitting it to others. Certain groups are at higher risk and are strongly recommended to receive the vaccination: including children ages 6 months up to their 19th birthday; pregnant women and anyone who becomes pregnant during the flu season; people 50 years and older; and adults and children with certain chronic conditions.

In an effort to prevent transmission to high-risk populations, vaccination is also recommended for: Health care workers; caregivers of children less than six months of age and adults over age 50; adults and children who live with children less than six months of age; and adults and children who live with or care for persons with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe complications from influenza.

As an added precaution, hand washing plays a huge role in preventing flu viruses which spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Hand washing is a key to reducing your risk so remember to do that as often as possible, especially every time your hand crosses paths with someone elses or at mealtime.

Just taking the extra time to wash your hands could mean the difference between remaining healthy or being incapacitated for several days.

So if you fall into any of these categories make it a point to get your shot and also remember the hand washing strategy in combination. The latter is a habit we should all be practicing anyway as a common sense measure.

Several local health and other related outlets are offering the vaccinations so check around for a location convenient for you.

For more information about flu or flu vaccination in general visit the4 Center for Disease Control (CDC) website at