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Kasia Michalik

Renal Business Today managing editor Kasia Michalik is a graduate of Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. She joined Virgo Publishing in March 2012.

Tis' the Season for the Flu

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Have you gotten your flu shot yet? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is strongly suggesting that all individuals go get a flu shot because the flu season has crept up upon us. It's a month early and it might be the worst season in over a decade.

 December 2 started the National Influenza Vaccination Week. It ends December 8 and encourages everyone six months and older  to receive a flu shot. It takes two weeks for the body to respond to the vaccine and the immune system to realize that the vaccine is in there ready to fight the flu, so don't wait any longer.

Patients with chronic diseases, such as chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes and heart disease, and those under two and over 65 are some groups in the high-risk category. Even if you are not in a high-risk group, it's smart to head to your physicians office or a clinic near by offering flu shots to prevent future problems that could end in death. For this flu season, there have been two death, and that's just a start.

Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas are five states that have been hit the hardest so far. Are you living in one of those states? If so, if you haven't yet, go get your shot.

Look for these flu symptoms and contact your physician to get treated if you have come in contact with the virus.

  • Fever of 100 F or more
  • Cough or/and a sore throat
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea/vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Headaches and body aches
  • Runny/stuffy nose

Here are some links to more flu information:

http://www.esrdnetwork.org/assets/pdf/immunization/flubrochure.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

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