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Flu Season is Here; What You Need to Know

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 SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- The month of October marks the beginning of the flu season. The Delaware Department of Health is recommending everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu shot. 

Pharmacist and owner of Seaford Pharmacy, Waheed Aziz is ready to fight the flu. Waheed Aziz says when a person gets the vaccine, it can take up to two weeks to take effect. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says flu shots typically protect against three or four viruses. Aziz says by giving out flu shots, he is protecting people from taking a sick day.

"People who do not get flu shots are more prone to getting sick. Then they will be off from work, or from their loved ones, or other things planned in their life," Aziz says.  

Doctors say prevention can be the best form of medicine when it comes to the flu. Delaware Public Health says a total of 323,157 influenza vaccine administrations were reported during the 2018-2019 flu season. Last year in Delaware there was 6,387 laboratory-confirmed flu cases. DPH says 1,000 Delawareans were hospitalized due to the flu and 24 people died from flu complications. 

 A common misconception about the flu shot is that it gives people the flu. But according to Aziz, getting sick from a flu shot can be accidental. Aziz says it is hard to predict how severe this year's flu season will be. 

"It's not a live vaccine so people who have the myth about getting sick after that, it may be coincidenta," Aziz says.

Candace Fiorentino is a mom who has never gotten a flu shot. Fiorentino says after all these years, she doesn't want to take the risk.

"I never had it before and I don't want to take the chance of getting sick by getting the flu shot. I'm kinda of nervous of the outcome it could give," Fiorentino says.

The Delaware Public Health is holding large public flu clinics in October. DPH says some ways you can prevent getting the flu is by washing your hands with soap, eating healthy, exercising daily and getting the right amount of sleep. 

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