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NJ residents get a warning concerning the upcoming flu season – New Jersey 101.5 FM


There are indications the upcoming flu season might be vital.

Dr. Meg Fisher, an infectious illness skilled and the appearing deputy commissioner of public well being for the New Jersey Well being Division, mentioned the way in which medical doctors predict what sort of a flu season we’re going to have within the Backyard State is by what’s already occurred within the Southern Hemisphere.

“What we’re predicting relies on what occurred in Australia, and in Australia they’d a fairly early and a extra extreme flu season, and in Australia it was notably extreme amongst youngsters,” she mentioned.

Who ought to get a flu shot?

Fisher mentioned the advice is everybody at the very least 6 months previous get a flu shot yearly.

“It’s actually vital for the youngsters to get vaccinated, it retains them in class, it retains them studying, it retains them wholesome,” she mentioned.

Will this 12 months’s flu shot stop you from getting the flu?

Fisher mentioned thus far we’re undecided, since “it takes a short time to get that efficacy and we don’t but know the way good a match the vaccine truly is.”

“Though it could not completely stop you from getting the flu, it would hold you out of the hospital and it’ll hold you from getting the problems of influenza,” she added.

“What it does is it considerably modifies the sickness, for those who do get it, it’s going to be a milder case.”

Are you able to get a flu shot and COVID booster collectively?

Fisher mentioned while you go in on your flu shot you can even get the newly up to date COVID booster that particularly targets omicron.

“You will get each of them on the identical day. You most likely wish to get them in several arms,” she mentioned.

She famous getting the flu shot and the COVID booster on the identical day is ok not just for adults however for kids as properly.

David Matthau is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You possibly can attain him at [email protected]

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