With flu season ramping up, health professionals are urging people to get vaccinated.

National Flu Vaccination Week serves as reminder to Americans that it’s not too late to get a flu shot. 

According to the CDC in 2017-2018 the flu caused 80,000 deaths. 

Broome County Health Department RN and Public Health Nurse Marian Hollander says flu season peaks between December and March but activity can occur as late as May.

She says the earlier you get your shot, the better, but recommends that anyone over the age of 6 months that hasn’t gotten a shot yet should still do so. 

Marian Hollander Registered and Public Health Nurse says “We know that the flu shot can’t give you the flu. We’ve probably all talked to people that said no I got the flu shot then I got the flu. You’re not protected for 2 weeks after you get the flu shot it takes 2 weeks for it to become fully effective. So if in that time you’ve been exposed to the flu you can get the flu and blame it on the shot. But the flu shot cannot cause the flu.”

Flu shots are available at physicians’ offices, most pharmacies and at the Broome County Health Department. 

If you have any questions, you can call the Health Department at 778-2839.