October 28, 2016

Health Department urges Vermonters to get flu shot

Health Department urges Vermonters to get flu shot

The Vermont Department of Health is urging people to get a flu shot, as an early flu season is underway nationally and in Vermont.

“Don’t wait until someone around you gets sick to get vaccinated,” said Patsy Kelso, state epidemiologist for infectious disease, in a press release. “It takes up to two weeks for the shot to be effective, so do not delay this year. Get your shot.”

Flu vaccine is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older.

Flu viruses spread mainly through droplets spread through the air when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. You can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching your own mouth, eyes or nose.

There are some simple actions everyone can take to stay healthy and keep illness from spreading.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve every time you sneeze or cough.

Wash your hands often and well with soap and water.

Use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Keep hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.

Stay home from work, school or public places when you’re sick.

Flu symptoms typically include fever, headache, tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and body aches.

People at high risk of developing serious flu-related complications are:

Pregnant women

Young children, especially infants

People 65 years of age and older

People at any age with certain chronic medical conditions


  1. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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