It’s just early October and the colder weather is slowly coming in, but flu season is already here in Erie County.
Saint Vincent Hospital confirming a case of the flu earlier this month. Doctors now urging everyone to protect themselves and quickly. “It can take up to two weeks to build your immunity to influenza, so the sooner you get vaccinated, the better.”
People are taking advantage of the many free flu clinics across the region.
Kathryn Bacik says, “I mean, people stay up late, it’s college, and then the next day people are coughing and… colds are everywhere.”
Richard Hunter tells us, “I’ve had flu shots probably the last 30 years and during that time, I’ve never had the flu.”
Roberta says, “Unfortunately, kids are still going to cough on you and sneeze on you so it really does help because just washing your hands is not going to be enough to protect you from the flu.”
Last year’s flu season was intense and reached ‘epidemic levels,’ lasting four consecutive months.
The Centers for Disease Control estimating that in that time, more than 700,000 were hospitalized and 80,000 died from the flu and its complications.
“It was very concerning with how sick the patients were and the length it lasted.”
Women who are pregnant, young children, and the elderly are most at risk along with those suffering from serious health conditions like cancer or underlying lung disorders.
Doctors urging you to wash your hands, stay away from those who are sick and, most importantly, get your flu shot.