Staying healthy during flu season

Experts say you should cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  Experts are warning that the flu vaccine may not give full protection this year.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than half of the flu viruses currently going around are slightly different from what this year’s vaccine targets.

But doctors say it’s still a good idea to get it because the vaccine can prevent some strains of the virus.

And if you haven’t had a flu shot yet, you still have some time. The Springfield Health Department held another flu clinic Wednesday for residents.

Deputy Springfield public health commissioner Bettye Frederic told 22News, “We keep doing the clinics because there are still people who haven’t gotten a flu shot, and it’s our recommendation that all residents from youngsters 6 months and older should get the flu shot during flu season to prevent the flu.”

Experts say the most effective steps to stop the flu’s spread include covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, staying at home if you’re sick, and washing your hands.

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