Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 10, 2012

Health officials encourage flu vaccinations amid spike in illnesses

BLUEFIELD — Illnesses with flu-like symptoms are still lurking in both Southwest Virginia and southern West Virginia, so health care officials are still urging residents to get vaccinated against influenza.

A recent article in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph about influenza prompted more residents to stop by the Mercer County Health Department’s clinic at the St. Luke’s Professional Building for a shot. The number of people getting vaccinated has dropped recently, Judy Bolton, RN, said.

“We got a pretty good-sized bump,” Bolton said Monday about attendance after the Telegraph’s article. “But this morning, we haven’t done as many vaccinations.”

The county has also been seeing cases of respiratory and stomach viruses that have been making people sick, Bolton said. Sometimes it is difficult to know which of the three viruses — influenza, respiratory or stomach — is making a person sick.

For more information about influenza and the importance of vaccinations, read Tuesday’s Daily Telegraph or visit bdtonline.com.

 

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