The time to get the flu shot is now.
That is according the PA Department of Health who predict a third rough flu season in a row.
Doctors are urging everyone to get the vaccine before the season gets into full swing.
Ed Gragert gets his flu shot every single year.
“Its advised by medical professionals that it’s the best thing to do and why would you not want to get one.
But some people we spoke to like Dan Rios avoid it at all costs. He would rather roll the dice to see what happens.
“I mean when you really think about it, its cold right that’s what it is. It’s a cold. “
There were more than 120-thousand cases statewide and 258 people died from the flu last year according to the PA Department of Health.
“I mean people only need to be within three feet of you coughing or sneezing to spread the virus.
Dr. Joseph Cirello blames the death toll on people ignoring treatment.
“People aren’t able to get oxygen into their bloodstream and that ends up taxing all of their vital organs. “
Last year’s flu landed a two punch –combo. A new strain surfaced just as the first wave of the virus was winding down. Resulting in the longest season ever on record.
“Every year it’s a new strain so we don’t know what its going to be, but the best way to get that is with vaccination.
Cirello calls the flu- shot the best preventative measure from the virus.
“An immune system that’s prepared will protect you a lot better. “
The shot is still only 10- 30 percent effective and can’t shield anyone from the flu.
“A naïve immune system is not nearly as effective as one that has been exposed to the vaccination. “
but Cirello explains people who get vaccinated and still get sick can expect milder symptoms and a lower risk of pneumonia.
“Its not 100 percent effective but it will definitely reduce the symtoms and prepare you for the flu.
Cirello urges people to cough into their elbow instead of their hands since the virus can spread with a simple cough or sneeze. Also constantly washing your hands can prevent infection.
Flu vaccines are available at your doctor’s office, pharmacy, and grocery stores.