Fighting the flu

By Brandi Bailey

October 10, 2013 Updated Oct 10, 2013 at 6:10 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Flu season is right around the corner and the Broome County Health Department is recommending that people get their flu shots now.

The department held a flu clinic Thursday afternoon. The line was out the door as people lined up for their early vaccine.

The health department recommends that anyone old than six months of age should get the flu shot unless they are instructed otherwise by the doctor.

Common symptoms that go along with the flu are cough, sore throat, headache, fever, and body aches. For some, these symptoms can be life threatening.

"Scientists try to determine which flu virus are going to circulate. That's how they determine which virus to put in the vaccine," said Registered Nurse, Susan Blythe.

There have been no confirmed flu cases yet this season in Broome County.

The health department will hold three more clinics at the 225 Front Street, Binghamton location from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
-Monday, Oct. 28
-Monday, Nov. 4
-Thursday, Dec. 12