Flu Wave to Hit Soon

By Candace Chapman

July 22, 2010 Updated Jan 16, 2006 at 10:31 PM EDT

Flu season is just starting to pick up steam in the U.S. as it spreads from West to East. You can still protect yourself with a flu shot.

"I was sick for a week and a half," said Jennifer Cimaomo of Johnson City.

The Broome County Health Deparment said 325 people like Cimaomo caught the flu last year.

"Basically, achy, all over, headaches, sore throat," she said.

You don't have to suffer with those miserable symptoms. A late batch of flu vaccine has arrived at the Health Department.

After a delay in earlier shipments, doctors offices like Maine Medical still have some shots available.

"People sort of waited to get the flu shot and didn't get it at all. And now they think oh well, spring is right around the corner, why should I bother now? They should bother. Because the threat level is very high and influenza is a deadly disease," said Dr Marianne Soden Serjanej.

According to the Broome County Health department there have been eight confirmed cases of the flu this season.

"We're either going to have a light year or we just haven't peaked yet," said nurse Mari Yourdon.

"Most frequently, you'll see the peak in January or February so it is a real good idea, if you can, to still get your flu shot."

The Broome County Health Department is holding a flu clinic this Wednesday, January 18.

The walk-in clinic is open from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm, or until supplies last.

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