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Flu is being reported in Ketchikan this month.
At the same time, flu shots are available through local outlets.
The State of Alaska Epidemiology in its September bulletin is recommending that Alaskans become inoculated before the end of October.
The bulletin notes that the influenza vaccine is the most effective tool available to prevent the disease and its worst outcome — death.
During the 2018-19 season, the bulletin notes, that flu contributed to the deaths of 16 adults and two children in Alaska.
The most common symptoms of flu are high fever, aching muscles, chills and sweats, headaches, dry, persistent cough, fatigue and weakness, nasal congestion and sore throat, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Alaskans swear to various ways of handling the flu. The truly vigilant load up on preventive vitamins and minerals. With the first cough or headache, they open the medicine cabinet.
Others wait until they’re incapacitated to even admit they have the flu.
There is the crowd that swears by flu shots, and those who would never get one — at least not until a bout of the flu changes thoughts.
The key point is that flu season is underway and the remedy of choice for many is available. It’s a choice whether to take it or not. Choose well.