Flu season starts early in Massachusetts


It’s that time of the year again when you need to protect you and your family from the flu virus. 

Each winter millions of people are affected. Dr. Ira Helfand from the Family Care Medical Center in Springfield told 22News, “Bad flu is usually in January or February, but we’ve seen cases already.”

A reminder that flu season is upon us. “It’s a serious illness, which is largely preventable. Some people do get the flu, even if they do get the vaccine, but it dramatically decreases your chances of getting sick,” said Dr. Helfand. 

The virus can easily spread from one person to another. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you get your flu shot every year, which will protect you from the influenza virus.

After noticing the devastating effects of last year’s flu, which claimed the lives of about 80,000 Americans. Sacred Heart Parish in Agawam held its first free flu clinic after mass Sunday.

Nurse, and Pastor of Ministry, Deb Brian Cesco said after contracting pneumonia multiple times, she now suffers from pulmonary disease. “As a person who has pulmonary disease, I’m extra careful and I always share all the things I do to prevent from getting sick and [with] hopes that it works for them,” said Nurse Cesco. 

To stop the spread of the flu. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water. And if possible, stay away from sick people, which will help stop the flu from spreading.

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