CDC urges at-risk group to get flu shots

Expect a Bad Flu Season

"Flu viruses are notoriously unpredictable, but from the information I've received, all indications point to a possibly severe flu season in Vermont".

While this year's vaccine works well against numerous flu virus strains out there, recent studies indicate the vaccine is less effective against the H3N2 strain.

However, 6 percent of the cases with serious flu complications reported in the previous flu season involved people with chronic liver disease, so those people should also be aware of the increased risk, Lo said.

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- A new published paper warns that this could be a bad flu season in the United States and the flu vaccine being used could have as low as a 10 percent effectiveness.

Laura Spicer, Executive Director Valley Health, "Thousands of people get sick from the flu each year".

Between twelve-thousand and fifty-six-thousand deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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"There seems to be an uptick, especially in the last week, in flu-like illnesses", he said.

The groups medical professionals say are at risk for the flu, older people and pregnant women.

If you're 65 or older, there are two vaccine options created to boost immune response. "Now, they should get it sooner rather than later, because it takes about two weeks for it to become effective".

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Flu shots are available throughout Chatham-Kent from a family healthcare provider, walk-in clinic or many local pharmacies. This year, there are concerns that the shot is not very effective, but experts are still encouraging people to get it.

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