PUBLIC HEALTH COORD. URGES FLU SHOTS

by Christian Mower on October 6, 2011

THE REGIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH COORDINATOR FOR CARROLL COUNTY SAYS GETTING A FLU VACCINATION IS THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF – AND OTHERS – FROM GETTING THE FLU.

MARY REED HEADS THE CARROLL COUNTY COALITION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH IN CENTER OSSIPEE – SHE SAYS EVERYONE OLDER THAN SIX MONTHS SHOULD GET VACCINATED FOR THE FLU EVERY YEAR.

THE REASON: YOUR IMMUNITY DECREASES OVER TIME.

REED RECOMMENDS CONTACTING YOUR PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER. PEOPLE WHO DON’T HAVE A REGULAR DOCTOR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE CAN DIAL 211 FOR INFORMATION.

THE FLU SEASON RUNS FROM OCTOBER UNTIL APRIL AND REED SAYS YOU ONLY NEED TO GET ONE SHOT FOR THE FLU THIS SEASON – UNLIKE IN THE PAST WHERE YOU MAY HAVE HAD TO GET A SEPARATE SHOT TO PROTECT AGAINST H1N1.

REED SAYS A NASAL SPRAY VERSION CAN ALSO BE GIVEN TO PEOPLE AGES 2 TO 49 WHO ARE HEALTHY AND NOT PREGNANT.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.flu.gov.

REED SAYS HER JOB IS TO CREATE AND IMPLEMENT PLANS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES IN CARROLL COUNTY – AND SHE HAS TO CONSIDER SOME UNIQUE FACTORS, INCLUDING THE LACK OF A MAJOR HIGHWAY AND A TOURIST POPULATION THAT’S CONSIDERABLY MORE THAN THE 44,000 RESIDENTS SHE SERVES.

REED RECENTLY COORDINATED WITH EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTERS AND PLANS ON ANOTHER COORDINATION EXERCISE SOMETIME IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

SHE CAN ALWAYS USE MORE VOLUNTEERS – WHETHER MEDICALLY TRAINED OR NOT – AND SHE CAN BE CONTACTED AT (603) 301-1252.