October 26, 2018
Governor Parson and Department of Health and Senior Services initiates campaign to encourage Missourians to get their annual flu shots
JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Missouri Governor Mike Parson is one of eight governors nationwide to have received his flu shot publicly so far this year. Not only that, but the Governor also collaborated with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to create a campaign for radio and TV to encourage all Missourians to get their flu shots as well that will run November 1 through December 31.
"The First Lady and I make sure to get our annual flu shots to protect us from getting the flu, as well as those around us," said Governor Parson. "This campaign seeks to help all Missourians understand the importance of getting a flu shot in order for our state to be healthy and productive through the entirety of flu season."
"We are appreciative of the Governor and First Lady as they work with us to increase awareness and prevention of the flu in Missourians," said Dr. Randall Williams, DHSS Director. "All Missourians six months or older should get their annual flu vaccinations. That includes pregnant women, as it has been shown that the flu shot can help protect them from the illness and serious complications. But it can also help protect the baby from flu infection for several months after birth."
The 2017-2018 flu season was a high severity flu season, and one of the worst in the United States. There were record breaking levels of influenza illness, hospitalization rates and reported pediatric deaths. The best protection against flu is getting a flu vaccine.
There are three steps you can take to protect against the flu and its serious outcomes. First, get a flu vaccine. Second, take everyday actions to stop the spread of germs, such as hand washing, avoiding contact with sick people and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. And third, take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them to treat your flu illness if you are sick.
About the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services: The department seeks to be the leader in protecting health and keeping people safe. More information about DHSS can be found at health.mo.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter @HealthyLivingMo.