Flu season is right around the corner; local health experts say to get your flu shot

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PEORIA, Ill.– Flu season is right around the corner and local health experts want to remind everyone to get their flu shots.

Dr. Brian Curtis from OSF Medical Group says it is even more important to get your flu shot if you have chronic problems, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, asthma, or diabetes.

Curtis adds pregnant women and women who just delivered are more likely to go through tough complications if they get the flu.

“The new recommendation this year by the CDC is to try and get your flu shot before Halloween. It is probably the best thing you can do to prevent the spread of flu and actually prevent yourself from getting the flu. I recommend to almost everyone to get the flu shot, 6 months and older,” Dr. Curtis said.

“Everyone should really get the flu shot, the people that should definitely get it are people who have chronic medical problems, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, asthma, diabetes, pregnant women and women who just delivered are very succeptible to having very bad outcomes from the flu,” Dr. Curtis said.

Dr. Curtis says the number of people who got their flu shot increased in 2018 from 2017.

“Last year was better. We had a better immunization rate last year. The year prior we had a poor immunization rate. We only saw about a 50-60% immunization rate within the community,” Dr. Curtis said.

Dr. Curtis says you can get flu shots at most healthcare providers.

OSF offers them, so do the clinics at Wal-Mart and Walgreens.

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