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Experts say now is the time to get your flu shot

A couple of people in the region have already tested positive for the influenza virus, prompting the health department to remind everyone to be ready.

Influenza activity usually starts to increase in late fall and peaks during the winter months. So what’s your best defense?

Dr. Quoc Nguyen, Medical Director of the Onondaga County Health Department, said, “Get the flu shot of course. Then wash your hands frequently with soap and water, ‘cause you touch the surface, shake hands with other people and sometimes touch your eyes or your nose and you bring the virus in.”

It takes two weeks for the shot to work, so doctors recommend getting that flu shot by the end of October before the flu season really gets going.

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