Flu vaccine encouraged ahead of flu season

Flu season will be here before we know it and doctors in our area are reminding everyone to get a flu vaccine.

The CDC estimates only 45 percent of U.S. adults and 63 percent of children get vaccinated.

Last year’s flu season was one of the longest on record after a new strain emerged in April.

The year before was the deadliest in decades.

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, ahead of the typical start of flu season in November or December.

“It usually fluctuates from year to year depending on what the virus is doing, also depending on how many people are getting the vaccines and kind of what that coverage is too,” said Olivia Theal, Mayo Clinic Health System Resident Physician.

Flu vaccines are available at Mayo Clinic Health System and Gundersen Health System during regular appointments.

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