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Date:12/21/2007

University of Kansas Hospital Offers Tips to Guard Against Influenza as

Peak Season Begins

KANSAS CITY, Kan., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- While it may be too late to purchase certain must-have gifts this holiday season, there is still time to get that must-have flu shot. The World Health Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) have reported 708 cases of influenza viruses since September 30, 2007, including the season's first infant mortality. These numbers are projected to spike as we enter the peak of flu season, mid-January through February.

"If you have not received a flu shot yet, get one now while there is still time for the vaccine to take hold and immunize," said William Barkman, M.D., pulmonologist and Chief of Staff at the University of Kansas Hospital. "It's the best gift you can give to yourself," he said.

"The flu shot is absolutely the best precaution a person can take against the flu," according to Dr. Barkman. That's why each November for the past 13 years the University of Kansas Hospital holds its annual Drive Thru Flu Shot program which provided 3,500 free flu shots to members of the Greater Kansas City community this year. "In addition to the flu shot, some old-fashioned common sense can help as well," Barkman added.

Here are ten suggestions for flu prevention and safety as we celebrate the holidays and brace for the virus's peak:

1. Get a flu shot: Anyone who wants to reduce his or her chances of

getting the flu should get vaccinated. "It is even more important for

those at high risk of having serious flu complications such as the

elderly and immune deficient," explained Dr. Barkman. October or

November is the best time to get vaccinated, but the shot will still

be effective if you get it in December and later. Flu season can begin

as early as October and last as
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