There is still time to get a flu shot

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)

There are several viruses in town for the winter, but the nastiest ones are influenza. And the most important thing to know right now is there’s still time to protect yourself by getting a flu shot.

Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. John Sellick said, “People get pneumonia, people get hospitalized, people die, you usually don’t see that with things like rhinovirus, coronavirus or some of the others. The most important thing is your underlying health. If you’re otherwise healthy and you’re not a baby and you’re under the age of 65, you’re probably going to do ok.”

The flu season is here, but so far, it’s not too bad. It hasn’t hit hard in our area yet. New York is one of the least afflicted states. So there’s still time to get a shot. James Elliott just had his. He doesn’t usually get one but the nurses persuaded him this time.

“Last time I got a flu shot, I did get the flu twice in the one season, so I kind of say well, why bother?” he said.

But Elliott is likely wrong about that. He may have had viral illnesses, but they almost certainly weren’t influenza. There’s still time to protect yourself, and that’s important – even if it’s a mild season.

“There are still cases around, and if you have one of the underlying disease that puts you at risk of a bad outcome, it doesn’t matter if there are not many cases around – if you get it, it could be fatal,” Dr. Sellick said.

So if you haven’t had a flu shot – get one. We’ve said it enough – it really matters.

If you do get the flue and have an illness that puts you at high risk, call your doctor right away. If not, rest, drink plenty of fluids, take medicine for your fever and pains, and you’ll probably be fine in a few days.

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