How to protect yourself from the flu

Health

At least four people, including one elderly person in Connecticut, have died as a result of the flu. 

Doctors say children, the elderly, and those with chronic illnesses are most at risk of dying from flu complications, and they should get vaccinated as soon as possible. 

“I made the decision to stay healthy, and not get sick this winter,” said Cynthia Dorman of Holyoke. 

“I think it’s just a great idea to get yourself prepared for winter,” said Dick Ricci of Easthampton. “Flu season is worse than ever I think.”

The CDC reports that getting a flu shot by the end of October makes it most effective.

Longmeadow Health Director Beverly Hirschhorn said there is no connection between getting a shot and getting the flu.

Hirschhorn said getting a flu shot is just one line of defense against the disease. She said people should also make sure to wash their hands often. 

“Especially when you come back to work or home after you’ve been out in the public, or after sneezing or coughing, or, before preparing food,” said Hirschhorn. 

The Longmeadow Board of Health will be holding a flu shot clinic on Thursday, October 25 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Longmeadow Public Library. Hirschhorn said it’s open to the public and the cost is covered by most insurances companies. 

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