MANCHESTER, NH- Doctors along with State health officials are urging anyone over 6 months old to get a flu shot as flu season quickly approaches.
The typical flu season usually starts in October and lasts till May, but with the first case in the state already confirmed in September by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. New Hampshire Public Health Director Dr. Jose Montero said “Now that we know that the flu is here, people need to realize that it’s time to activate all our plans for prevention.”
While doctors say prevention plans for avoiding the flu, still include all the standard health tips expressed to patients every year, like washing your hands, not going to work sick and making sure your children are healthy. Though doctors say the best way to protect yourself is to get a Flu shot; which is free for those 18 and under, and available at doctors’ offices and pharmacy’s across the state.
Health officials say those at a high risk of getting sick are adults 50 and over, children up to the age of 19, pregnant women and those with conditions such as diabetes and asthma.
According to officials about 52 percent of children and 39 percent of adults got a flu shot in 2011.