"CIRCLEVILLE — The Centers for Disease Control has dubbed this week National Influenza Vaccination Week in an effort to get citizens vaccinated.
Mary DiOrio, Ohio Department of Health, said flu season traditionally lasts from October to May but that can vary based on a number of factors.
She says now is the time to be vaccinated if you have not already.
“We really need to encourage people to get vaccinated as long as the flu season is ongoing,” DiOrio said. “Right now we are seeing only a little bit of flu but that’s the best time because there’s less of it circulating and people are less likely to be exposed but can get themselves protected.”
DiOrio said this year’s vaccine should be very effective against the strains of the flu that people tend to be coming down with.
“The CDC has done some testing of the strains that are in the U.S. and all of the viruses they have tested match what the vaccine will protect against,” she said. “So far we think it’s going to be a really good match..."
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