CT reports 1st flu death of season

The flu shot not the nasal mist is first choice for children 6 months and older pediatrics group says

The flu shot not the nasal mist is first choice for children 6 months and older pediatrics group says

What do we know about this year's flu season?

It's hard to predict how severe a flu season might be or how effective this year's vaccine is. Flu seasons can be unpredictable, but peak flu activity is usually between late December and March each year.

Last year, more than 80,000 people died from the flu across the country, including 154 from CT. Epidemics of flu occur each year, but the location and severity of the cases varies from year to year.

Chokani said the hope among officials was that every person would make a point of getting the free flu shot as a way of protecting themselves and others against the four different strains most likely to circulate this season.

As we brace for another flu season to start, local doctors are urging people to get vaccinated. It takes about two weeks for the body to develop an immunity."This is definitely the time to get it", Moraleda agreed.Flu season officially starts October 1 but Jahre said it usually peaks between December and February.

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This year, for the first time, there's also a high dose vaccine being offered for seniors over the age of 65. Now is the time to vaccinate!

"The flu shot is incredibly important because it reduces your risk of contracting the flu", Michelle Lin, an emergency room doctor, and professor of emergency medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City told Fox News last week.

Ingham County Health Department Health Officer Linda Vail reminds parents of babies that those under six months old can't be vaccinated for the flu.

Dr. Susan fedewa at 98point6 Emergicenter in Lansing says the only practical way to fight the disease is to get a flu shot. This virus is spread by droplets, what that means basically, if you are coughing, sneezing, nasal secretions, this is the way it spread so if I cough and you are right next to me it's quite easy for you to contract the illness.

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