Vermont health experts expect strong flu season

It seems like everyone is catching a case of the sniffles or worse, as the start of flu season is upon us.
    
Vermont Health Department officials say they're starting to see cases of the flu early in the season.
    
It's a trend doctors are seeing nationwide.
    
Depending on what type of vaccine there are usually three or four different strains of flu it can protect you from.
    
The National Institute of Health says this season's flu shot may only be 10 percent effective against the severe strain of flu, but health leaders still want you to get the shot.

 "If you've been vaccinated you're much less likely to have very severe illness, less likely to need to be hospitalized, and less likely to die. the vaccine is must more effective if you happen to catch one of the other strains of the flu that's circulating," said Patsy Kelso, Vermont Department of Health epidemiologist.

Besides getting the flu shot, health officials say you should wash your hands frequently so you don't spread germs.
    
Cough into your arm or a tissue and if you get sick stay home and rest up.


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