- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)6
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
With the arrival of May, the flu season that started last year has officially ended. As a result of the spread of a new variant of flu virus, called swine flu or H1N1 flu, more Americans received seasonal flu vaccinations -- 40 percent, up from the previous highest vaccination rate of 33 percent in the 2008-2009 season.
The annual flu shots were recommended for approximately 85 percent of the population, especially children, pregnant women, senior citizens, health care workers and individuals with chronic health conditions.
Seventy percent of senior citizens 65 and older received flu shots in the just-ended season, by far the highest rate of any group.
Part of the motivation for last year's increase in flu shots was concern about the H1N1 virus, which health officials predicted would spread around the world and result in hundreds of thousands of deaths. Vaccine to combat this new strain was in short supply, and many individuals got the seasonal flu shot to increase their protection. This fall's seasonal vaccine will include H1N1, so only one shot will be necessary.
In addition, many of us adopted basic sanitary precautions such as frequent hand-washing as we tried to stay healthy -- practices that would be wise to continue year-around.