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Wednesday, February 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Time to get shot

Jessica Shinn, a third-year pharmacy student at WSU Spokane, puts a bandage on nursing student Addie Burkhart after giving her a flu shot during a health fair on Thursday at the Riverpoint campus in downtown Spokane. (Tyler Tjomsland)
Jessica Shinn, a third-year pharmacy student at WSU Spokane, puts a bandage on nursing student Addie Burkhart after giving her a flu shot during a health fair on Thursday at the Riverpoint campus in downtown Spokane. (Tyler Tjomsland)

While Ebola has hit the headlines, we must pay attention to a bigger threat to our health: the flu. Each year that illness claims thousands of lives.

People over age 65 and younger than 2 years are at higher risk than others. Anyone who lives among a lot of other people in places like school dormitories or long-term care facilities may be at higher risk. And those with chronic health issues such as heart, lung, or kidney conditions, diabetes, or a weakened immune system should consider the vaccine. 

(S-R photo: Jessica Shinn, a third-year pharmacy student at WSU Spokane, puts a bandage on nursing student Addie Burkhart after giving her a flu shot. )



Spokesman-Review features writer Rebecca Nappi, along with writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., discuss here issues facing aging boomers, seniors and those experiencing serious illness, dying, death and other forms of loss.