After what feels like a too long summer, temperatures are dropping. That means many people may now start thinking about flu shots after the season’s first lows in the 20s over the weekend.

Cases of the flu were noted as early as late August, according to Shaun Lynch, a pharmacist at Terry’s Pharmacy.

“People are getting the flu earlier,” Lynch said. Flu season typically runs from October to March. This is the earliest season recorded, he said.

All people over the age of six months should be vaccinated for the flu under Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. People under the age of 65 are given a normal dose of the vaccine while those over 65 are administered a triple dose, Lynch said. “The triple dose gives three times the amount of the flu serum, which boosts the body’s immune response,” according to Lynch.

Being vaccinated against the flu can be critical for seniors due to the complications the illness can cause including hospitalization or death, the CDC advised.

Vaccinations are available at Terry’s Pharmacy without an appointment. Patients can walk in, show their insurance card and be vaccinated on the spot. Medicare will cover the shot for seniors, Lynch said.

The CDC states that people with flu can spread it to others up to about six-feet away.

Adults are most contagious in the first three to four days after their illness begins.  Children and some people with weakened immune systems may pass the virus for longer than seven days. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/12/2018-6AM)