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Flu season has health officials urging caution

A person receives the seasonal influenza vaccine (flu shot).
A person receives the seasonal influenza vaccine (flu shot).

The winter season is here again. And that means the threat of getting the flu. Public health officials are asking people to use caution and to get vaccinated.

Laurie Fox is with Greene County Public Health. She says with the annual flu vaccine being available, now is not the time to get complacent.

“We want to encourage everyone six months and older just to please get vaccinated," she says.

Fox says people may be concerned about getting multiple vaccinations for COVID-19 and the flu.

"Get the facts from your doctor, get all of the information that you need to make that decision.”

She says last year’s low flu numbers were probably a fluke due to all the COVID precautions in the community. Health officials urge residents to continue taking those precautions, especially with indications that COVID cases may be on the rise.

Flu season generally lasts from October through April or May.

You can find vaccination and other health information through your doctor, or on your county’s public health website.

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