The killer virus

The U.S. government provided a timely reminder last week of why Americans who are able should get a flu shot.

Failing to do so may not kill you, but it could kill someone you infect.

More than 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter, the most in at least four decades. Compare that death toll to how worried people in this part of the country get about mosquitoes and West Nile virus, which claims less than 150 lives a year in the U.S.

Last year’s flu outbreak was made worse by a vaccine that didn’t work as well as it normally does. Nevertheless, health experts emphasize the vaccination is well worth doing. It can ward off the illness or, at a minimum, make its impact less severe.

Heed the warning. Go get the shot.

— From The Greenwood Commonwealth