Vermont health officials say could be rough flu season

December 09, 2017 02:59 PM

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - State health officials say it could be a rough flu season and are urging Vermonters to get flu shots to protect themselves and others.

Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine says especially during the holiday season of crowds and gatherings of friends and families everyone older than 6 months should get a flu shot.

He says from the information he's received, "all indications point to a possibly severe flu season in Vermont."

The main flu bug this season tends to cause more deaths and hospitalizations and vaccines tend not to work as well against this type.

Vermont health officials say the shot can help lessen the severity of the illness and for people at high risk of complications from the flu it can be a life saver.

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