YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Fall is just beginning, and already, local health care officials are getting ready for flu season.
The Mahoning County District Board of Health will begin holding flu shot clinics on October 1.
Experts said that it’s still too early to know how severe the season will be, but local physicians have already been seeing patients with the virus showing up for treatment. Now, the National Centers for Disease Control is working to cover what experts said may be the most prevalent strains of the bug, according to Director of Nursing Chris Cunningham.
“There is the H3N2 strain, which was not included in the vaccine last year. That actually is this year. So, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) is hoping that they have fine-tuned it and will address that specifically,” Cunningham said.
Anyone over the age of six months can get a flu shot, but those who are ages 65 and older or who are pregnant or have other health conditions that would put them at risk should get the shot as well.