SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The flu season will be here before you know it.
The Centers for Disease Control in Washington says the flu season is expected to start on October 1, as it was last year. They urge people to take care of the flu in September.
Christie Massiadrelli, a pharmacist in the Big Y & # 39; s Cooley Street area, told 22News that with the flu season expected to begin in October, she recommends taking care of the flu as soon as possible.
"It takes two weeks to fully start the flu vaccine," she explained. "I usually recommend that people start receiving the vaccine now or mid-September to be ready by October 1
During the influenza season, which ended in April, nearly 6,000 people died and half a million were hospitalized.
Even at the end of August, some Big Y customers had already arrived for their flu shots.