An early attack -- fight back

If you're not feeling under the weather yet there still may be some time.

But don't put off that flu shot much longer.

So far, Moffat County has only had two reported cases of flu at The Memorial Hospital and no other area clinics have reported the infection.

However, much of the rest of the state already has been hit by the bug in what doctors are calling a flu season that has started "significantly earlier (than usual)."

In Craig, many residents are taking advantage of the local Visiting Nurse Association's flu shot clinics.

Despite the urban legend, flu shots don't actually cause the flu.

Those in the high-risk group who should be getting the shots include those who are 50 years old or older, residents of a long-term care facility, people who have health problems, such as heart or lung ailments or asthma or diabetes. This group also includes youth who are undergoing long-term asthma therapy, pregnant women after their first trimester, or anyone who comes in close contact with this group.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 36,000 people in this country die every year because of the flu.

So we strongly encourage people to take advantage of the VNA flu shot clinic. The next one is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. Friday.

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