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1 0 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 Don' take any chances-getter fall flu shot By BOB MOOSlSouthwest pub- ventive steps an annual are, ;i  y. lic affairs officer for the U.S. Cen- ter for Medicare & Medicaid Ser- vices The flu is nothing to sneeze at, especially if you're an older adult. About 226,000 Americans will land in the hospital this year as a result of the flu and its com- plications, and anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 will die from flu- related illnesses. Adults 65 and older will account for 60 percent of the hospital stays and 90 per- cent of the deaths. As people age, their immune system typically weakens and their ability to ward off diseases declines That puts older adults at increased risk of the flu. More- over, the virus can cause compli- cations for those already strug- gling with chronic health prob- lems. As flu season approaches this fall, you'll want to wash your hands and stay away from sick people to reduce the spread of germs. But as useful as those pre- cination remains the best way to :: If you're enrolled in Medi- help protect yourself against the care Part B, your flu shot won't flu virus.  cost you anything, as long as your You have several flu sh i!doctor, health clinic or pharmacy options. Besides the traditional iagrees not to charge you more flu vaccine that helps protect than Medicare pays. There's no against three strains of the virus, ' deductible or co-payment. The there's now a "quadrivalent" vac- cine that helps protect against four strains. You can also choose a higher-dose vaccine specifically designed for older adults. By im- proving the production of anti- bodies in older patients, the higher dose can provide a stron- ger immune response and, hop- fully, better protection against infection when you're exposed to same is true for the higher-dose vaccine option. If you were vaccinated last year, you'll still need another shot this year, since your immu- nity to flu viruses wanes after a year. Also, the types of viruses usually change from season to season, so a new vaccine is made each year to fight that season's most likely strains. Despite the higher risk that the flu virus, flu and its complications pose to Talk to your doctor about  older adults, the vaccination rate which flu shot option is right for within this age group remains you , much lower than it should be. '. %, Now is a ood time to ej.'Only 65 percent of adults 65 and g g. . our " -" Th v "  older are vaccinated each year far y vaccmauon, e accrue: ......... " . will rotect ou within t ':i,,snrt ot the puonc health goal or , P ,  Y . : ;" 90 percent for this group weeks tne nu season tyg ?+' 9 " .... r aks in : Why Some older adults oegms in uctooe, p." .:. , ." .... , . %don t understand that the tm can ary or reoruary anu runs ': . . ,be serious and hfe-threatenmg, so .!:they don't think a flu shot is worth thelr tame and effort. Others resist (i:annual vaccination because they Rare coatimundi sighting This coatimundi was spotted outside of the Purple Palette in Silver City, an art studio where June Hill and Mollie Pressler take classes several time a month.The Coati is a raccoon-like omnivore, but is more slender and possesses a longer snout. This grizzled gray- brown mammal grows 30 to 55 inches long and stands 8 to 12 inches high at the shoulder. It can weigh from 10 to 25 pounds. Coatis are diurnal, spending most of the day foraging for food, which includes insects, lizards, roots, fruits, nuts and eggs. Photo by RUBY DAVISISilver City "believe it's risky, even though decades of experience have shown flu shots to be safe and ef- fective. If you're concerned about a serious allergic reaction or some other medical condition that may make the flu vaccine unsafe for you, you should consult your doctor before a vaccination. Oth- erwise, it's important to remem- ber that you can't get the flu from the flu shot. Side effects are rare. Most people notice nothing after their vaccination. A few may have sore muscles or a slight fever. But those side effects usually last just a day or two. No matter how healthy or youthful you may feel, don't wait to be vaccinated. When you get your shot, you'll protect not only yourself but also those around you. By avoiding the flu, you'll avoid giving it to family and friends. 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