Flu Season Arrives In Westchester County
Five to 20 percent of Americans catch the flu and about 24,000 die from complications of it every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The virus can range from fairly mild to very severe, and while it might be difficult to predict the severity, the best protection against falling victim to it, said Dr. Pete Richel, Chief of Pediatrics at Northern Westchester Hospital, is to get vaccinated.
Unlike other vaccinations, the one for flu is only recommended and not required, said Richel. But he said those at greater risk are strongly recommended to receive the vaccine. They include children aged six months to four years, people above the age of 50, pregnant women and healthcare workers, as well as “those with some sort of compromise, including asthma, diabetes, heart conditions and those with immunosuppressions.
Flu shots are widely available at many independent and chain pharmacies and some grocery stores throughout Westchester County, and most do not require appointments. Children will need to get the flu shot at their pediatrician's office.
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