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Flu Season Just Around the Corner

9-9 jbo fluMEDFORD, Ore. – Jackson county public health is preparing for the start of flu season.

While the height of flu season doesn’t hit until January or February, health officials say to plan ahead and get immunized.

Everyone over six months old is advised to get vaccinated, particularly those underlying health conditions, pregnant women, and elderly people.

“I think as a whole every year what we go through is you want to make sure people are well informed about the risks of influenza, what they can do to prevent the spread, and that the vaccinations are safe and largely effective,” said Public Health Division Manager Jackson Baures.

Each year about 5%-20% of people will come down with the flu-like symptoms depending on the exact strain of virus and conditions.

Last year was a mild year, with only 2% showing symptoms in Southern Oregon.

Vaccinations are being offered at the Jackson County Public Health Department.