Help stop the spread by getting a flu shot

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: February 6 2014 | 11:03 am - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:16 am in

As reported in The Gazette, the number of flu cases is increasing in Iowa (“UIHC treating more patients with severe flu,” Feb. 1).

Since that article ran, the number of cases has increased from 295 to 387 cases of confirmed flu. This number will continue to rise, so if you haven’t received the flu shot, it is encouraged that you do so soon. The flu is highly contagious, but you can stop the spread with the flu shot.

Usually the flu causes the most problems in the very young and old. This season, the flu has affected people 25-64 years old due to the high prevalence of the H1N1 strand. Consequently, this age group is less likely to receive the flu shot with only 35.7 percent of people 18-65 years old getting immunized. This could be a problem as the age group with the least protection from the flu is also the heaviest hit by the H1N1 flu this year. There is an easy solution: get a flu shot.

The flu shot is readily accessible and it covers the H1N1 strand. All people ill with the flu have one thing in common; they are desperate to feel better. Don’t find yourself in this situation. If you haven’t received your flu shot, please get it today.

Submitted on behalf of the health professionals of Towncrest Pharmacy in Iowa City.

Ann McCarty

Iowa City


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