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CDC: Flu Season Could Start Earlier

Greece, N.Y. Its a Friday night at Greece Town Hall and there is a steady stream of people lining up to get their flu vaccines. The turnout is impressive.

A lot of people are coming in, explained Joanna Daeschner, a registered nurse with Workplace Vitality. Its more than we expected.

Each fall, Workplace Vitality goes around to several locations and workplaces in the Rochester area to administer flu shots.

In the eight hours they spent on Friday, Daeschner said there were 600 flu shots that were administeredthats double the amount of shots at the same location around the same time last year.

I think it's getting close to the flu season and people are putting into their minds that it's close to October 1st and we're close to that date, Daeschner said. That's when our numbers start to climb.

On Thursday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention said that this years flu season could strike earlier. While 45 percent of Americans got vaccinated last year, CDC officials say people can do better.

In Monroe County alone, 25 people died from the flu last season and 800 people were hospitalized because of the virus.

The CDC stressed the importance of high-risk groups like children, pregnant mothers and the elderly getting vaccinated.

At this point, local healthcare officials say it doesnt look like there will be shortage of vaccines.

However, there are new vaccine options this year. A new nasal mist has been produced that covers four strains of the virus rather than the typical three. However, doctors say children will benefit from that form of quadrivalent vaccine more than adults.


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Washington Times