FLU SEASON: Experts Urge Early Vaccination

Sarah Morrow, the pharmacy manager at Dahl’s on Ingersoll is taking her own advice by protecting herself from the flu with just one poke.

“You don’t feel a lot of pain when the shot is given to you,” said Morrow.

She hopes that others will follow her lead and get their flu shots early, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t anticipate a particularly severe flu season.

“At this point, there has been no indication that we’re going to have any issues with the flu season.”

So who needs to get vaccinated?

According to Sarah Boese with the Polk County Health Department, the flu is a disease that doesn’t discriminate.

“Everyone is at risk for getting the flu. Even healthy people,” Boese told Channel 13 News.

It can strike as early as October, but the majority of cases occur in January and February.

“The fall really is a great time to get your flu shot so you’re ahead of the peak activity of flu season later in winter.”

This year’s vaccination protects against H1N1, H3N2, and an influenza B virus.

You can find it just about anywhere.

“You can get them here at your local health department, drug stores, grocery stores and pharmacies.”

At a price of $0-$30 dollars, experts say the vaccination is an inexpensive way to stay healthy all winter long.

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