Health Officials Urge You To Get Your Flu ShotPosted: Updated:
It's that time of the year when the flu starts going viral.
At Lewis County Public Health, nurse Ellen Scanlon emphasizes the importance of getting the flu shot as soon as possible.
"Flu season usually peaks from mid-December through February, but can go as late as May," she said.
Scanlon says it takes two weeks for the body to produce antibodies that protect against the flu, so the sooner the better.
Between October and November of this year in New York state, Scanlon says there were more than 100 cases of the virus.
Jefferson County Public Health and St. Lawrence County Public Health reported 7 cases for each county between October and November.
The ones at risk of getting it most? Children.
"Children cannot get the flu vaccine until they're six months of age. So, they are more vulnerable and more susceptible and their immune systems are still developing," said Scanlon.
At Lewis County General, Public Health holds flu shot clinics every Tuesday from 9 am to 10:30 am. There is no appointment needed and all flu shots are completely free.