The fall season is here, and along with it comes the flu season. That means it's time for people to get their flu vaccines.
Flu season generally runs from October through May. Last year was a relatively mild year for flu in our state, yet there were still 1,167 flu-related hospitalizations and one pediatric death, the Health Department reported. Over the last four years, there have been 34 pediatric flu deaths in New York state and an average of more than 4,400 flu-related hospitalizations a year.
The state Health Department recommends all children 6 months of age or older receive a flu vaccination. Although most flu cases are mild and people usually recover without complications, the flu poses a more serious risk for people younger than 2 or older than 50, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems or chronic medical conditions.
Local public health departments will be offering flu clinics. Montgomery County has one scheduled one for 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 7 in Room 111 of the County Annex Building in Fonda. In addition, local pharmacies and retail outlets offer the flu vaccine.
We encourage local residents to get their flu shots as soon as possible.