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Flu Vaccinations Prove Helpful for 4-Staters

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We've heard it before: wash your hands, avoid  large crowds, get plenty of rest. And get vaccinated. But is the shot doing its job? According to Jasper County medical experts, it is.

"So far, everybody that I've tested that was flu positive did not have a vaccine," said Judith Russell, nurse practitioner in Mercy Hospital Emergency Department.

Russell says the vaccination is the most important way to prevent the flu.

Across town, there is evidence it may be helping. Ron Mitchell, Director of Student Services at Missouri Southern State University, said all 300 vaccinations have been given out and there have only been a handful of reported flu cases on campus.

"We haven't had anyone come in who has had their vaccine," said Mitchell.

According to medical experts, peak flu season is still upon us. John Ezell, Interim Director of Emergency and Trauma Services at Freeman Hospital describes the influx to be mild to moderate so far. But with the cold weather coming, this could change, says Russell.

"When the weather is nice, you don't see it peak as much, because people are outside. But when they're congregated together and it's cold, more people are going to get exposed, more people are going to have the symptoms more people are going to come in."

Note: Mercy Hospital will be giving out free flu vaccinations on Wednesday, January 22, at the John Q. Hammons Trade Center in Joplin. 10:00 am 5:00 pm or until supplies run out.

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