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Staying healthy during flu season in Spokane

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Jim Calderhead says he likes to stay healthy. Jim Calderhead says he likes to stay healthy.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

It’s flu season but who is most at risk of getting the flu?

Jim Calderhead says he likes to stay healthy.

“I try and walk every day,” Jim says. “I like to stay active and I feel good so I’ll continue to do that as long as I can.”

He says he’s almost 90 years old. He lives at Rockwood Retirement Community and Estates.

“I’ve always taken the flu shot as long as they've had them,” Jim says.

He hasn't gotten the flu before. But he finds it important to get the flu shot every year.

“Especially when we're in a larger group like this awful easy when one person gets it, unintentionally a lot of people catch it,” Jim says. “I think it's harmless. It doesn't hurt. I just don't see any reason not to get one.”

It's not just the elderly who are at risk. The young, and those who have weakened immune systems are too.

“You don't know just looking at them so that's why it's always safe to have the good hygiene,” says Nick Faso, a nurse at Rockwood Retirement Community.

Jim hopes others will stay healthy through the season. “I just think it's a good preventative thing to do.”

Medical professionals say you could wipe down your workspace or the shopping cart at the grocery store as a preventative measure as well, but you don’t need to wipe down your entire home.

Spokane Regional Health District reports first flu death in eastern Washington

The flu shot protects against four different strains and takes about two weeks after you get it to fully protect you. 

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