It’s a good time to get a flu shot

Children and seniors are especially susceptible

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Flu season is right around the corner. This year the CDC is recommending only the injectable flu shots. Health care providers recommend that everyone get a flu shot, especially seniors, children and anyone who may be immunocompromised.

Flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common, something Nurse Practitioner Hassen Borhot told 22News isn’t always easy to identify.

Borhot said, “Sometimes certain vaccinations work certain seasons because of the strains that are out there so it’s really tough to isolate because viruses can mutate and there are different types of viruses.”

The CDC said the composition of U.S. flu vaccines is reviewed annually and updated to match circulating flu viruses. For those of you wondering when to get your flu shot, Borhot told 22News now is the perfect time.

The City of Northampton Health Department is hosting a free flu vaccine clinic on Thursday, October 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street.

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