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Mild Temperatures Don’t Mean a Mild Flu Season

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While winter is off to a mild start local health officials say don’t be fooled into thinking it’s going to be a mild flu season. They urge you to get your flu shot if you haven’t done so.

As you gather with family and friends for the holidays you may happily exchange gifts, but you may also be swapping the flu virus and if you’re not protected you could wind up with a present that knocks you for a loop.

The traditional flu season begins in October and lasts until April. Cortland County Health Department Director Cathy Fuerherm says so far flu season is is off to a slow start with few cases reported. She says that can create a false impression that flu season won’t be that bad.

With the warmer temperatures, there are even more chances to get your flu shot, which typically takes two weeks to be fully effective.

The flu shot now guards against four strains of flu viruses.

Cortland County Health Department Director Cathy Fuerherm says employers should encourage their employees to get vaccinated to help cut down on absenteeism.

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