Friday, January 5, 2018




Not too late to get flu shot

POUGHKEEPSIE – The instance of flu cases in the state and nation is on the rise this winter and Dutchess County Commissioner of Behavior and Community Health Dr. A.K. Vaidian is recommended that everyone from six months of age and older should be vaccinated. That is particularly important for those who are pregnant or at high risk for complications, the commissioner said.

“Even as we face new flu strains each year, the best way we can defend our health is to get vaccinated, wash our hands, cover our cough, and stay home when we are sick,” said Vaidian. “If you have a high-risk condition like heart disease or diabetes, and you become ill due to the flu virus, your provider can prescribe antiviral medication to help reduce your symptoms.”

He said antivirals work best when given at the early onset of symptoms.

Flu vaccinations are available at healthcare providers, health centers and pharmacies.


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