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The beauty of autumn is remarkable here in the Midwest, even if the daily temperature will not get over 60 degrees for six months. People can enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting and hay rides, which both include hot apple cider and donuts (yum). Also, if you pay attention on October 31, you may be able to observe real angels, ballerinas, zombies, ghouls, ghosts, and superheroes walking the streets requesting sweet treats.

Yes, autumn has its bright spots but unfortunately it also signifies the beginning of flu seasons. Every year the flu causes over 200,000 people to be hospitalized in the United States. Therefore, the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends everyone over the age six months old get the flu vaccine. With the holidays fast approaching and people gathering more often which increases the chances of spreading the virus. The Advisory Committee therefore suggest everyone should get the flu vaccine by the end of October.

However, many of us are very skeptical about getting a flu vaccine because we are scared it will make us sick. Others are concerned that the flu vaccine will have long lasting negative effects on their children.

The following article addresses some of the concerns about getting the flu vaccine and why people should consider getting the flu vaccine.

https://www.webmd.com/vaccines/flu-vaccine-tip-sheet

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Dion J Thomas
Supervisory United States Probation Officer
Eastern District of Michigan
 

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