Officials with the Cortland County Health Department are advising residents to get their annual flu shot if they haven’t already done so.
Flu season is generally considered to start in October and end around March, with CDC data showing the highest rates of the virus occurring in the month of February.
A new study from the Journal of Human Resources also confirms just how efficient the flu vaccine has been in the U.S. historically, particularly in reducing the nation’s annual mortality rates and lost work hours from sickness.
That report calculated that just a one-percent increase in the nationwide vaccination rate results in 800 fewer deaths and 14.5 million fewer lost work hours each year.
Cortland County runs its own Immunization Program, which can be referenced for more information on the vaccinations recommended or required of an individual.
They also have resources on how to get them done locally for little or no cost.