Flu season is almost here.
and health officials say now is the time to protect
Gundersen health system is opening up its flu shot
Nasal spray is not recommended this year.
a change from previous years.
Officials at Gundersen say taking preventative steps
against the flu affects everyone around you.
They also say anyone that has a lot of contact with
other people should be getting vaccinated.
especially children and students.
School is a very communal setting, and we don't want
them to be taking the germs home from school and exposing
individuals that are very vulnerable to serious illness
from this disease.
Mayo Clinic Health System also opened its flu vaccine
clinics as well.
Health officials say the vaccine is for everyone.
not just those more vulnerable to the virus.
Unfortunately, thousands of people die in the United
States every year from influenza, you know not third
world, developing countries.
Right here in the United States.
So it's really, really important, it's really easy,
In addition to the regular vaccine.
there's also what's called the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine.
It's for patients 65 years and older.
It contains an increased amount of the active ingredient
found in influenza vaccines and produces a more powerful
immune response against the virus.