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Health officials sound alarm as flu season approaches

Posted: 6:42 AM, Sep 18, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-18 07:25:39-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — As we inch closer toward this year’s flu season, health officials are urging people to get the vaccine as soon as possible.

Flu seasons are often unpredictable, but doctors warn of signs that may indicate trouble ahead.

A virulent strain, H3N2, has dominated the flu season in the Southern Hemisphere and could be a harbinger of what is to come in the United States.

The American Academy of Pediatrics reminds parents that children six months and older should be vaccinated. Young children, pregnant women, and the elderly are considered to be the most vulnerable, and are urged to get the vaccine by the end of October.

FluMist, the nasal spray that has been popular in the past, has returned as an option this year.

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