Get a flu shot, say Ulster officials

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KINGSTON – The outbreak of the flu in the Hudson Valley and around the state and nation has prompted local officials to urge everyone to get vaccinated if they haven’t already.
“A flu vaccination is the best possible defense against the flu virus and I urge residents to get a flu shot to protect themselves and those around them,” said Ulster County Executive Michael Hein. “This year we have seen an above normal number of flu cases and the flu vaccination is an important preventative health measure to help avoid any unnecessary illness.”
“Flu is currently widespread throughout New York State and Ulster County,” said County Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith.  “The vaccine can prevent you from getting the flu or can lessen the severity of the flu, should you become infected with the flu virus.”
Smith said if you are sick with the flu, stay home, well hydrated, avoid exposing very young children, the elderly and family members with immune compromise or other chronic diseases.
Remember to wash your hands frequently and cover your cough.