October is the beginning of flu season and now is the time to get protected from the illness. Lynn Fisher from Washington County Public Health says scientists look at surveillance and estimation by the type and strain that will circulate prompting this year’s vaccine to contain the same strain as last year.
She says children age six months to 18 years of age, pregnant women, anyone over the age of 50, those with chronic medical conditions and residents of nursing homes are at a higher risk of catching the flu.
Fisher notes the vaccine will last through the entire flu season and into next year. To find out when the flu shots are being given, follow this link..