Poughkeepsie … While this winter season hasn’t brought the usual snow and cold, peak influenza (flu) season is right around the corner. With a notable increase in flu cases reported statewide, the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health reminds individuals of the importance of vaccination.
“We are seeing an increase in flu cases both nation-wide and throughout New York State,” said Commissioner Henry M. Kurban, MD, MBA, MPH, FACPM. “It is important for everyone six months of age and older to be vaccinated against the flu, especially those who are pregnant or at higher risk for complications.”
Dr. Kurban noted that to prevent transmission of illness to those who cannot be vaccinated, vaccination is recommended for close contacts such as caregivers and family members of infants less than six months of age.
“We are fortunate to have vaccines to defend and protect our bodies against the flu virus,” said Kurban.
Flu vaccination is readily available throughout the region including healthcare providers, pharmacies, and health centers. To find out more about the flu, or to find a convenient flu vaccination location, visit www.dutchessny.gov/Flu.