Early Flu season locally

Doctors with Primary Urgent Care on Genesee Street told NEWSChannel 2 the flu season is starting much earlier than in 2016. They're recommending everyone get their flu shots.

Posted: Dec 8, 2017 10:28 PM

UTICA- Doctors with Primary Urgent Care on Genesee Street told NEWSChannel 2 the flu season is starting much earlier than in 2016. They're recommending everyone get their flu shots.

Dr. Rebecca LaValley said she started seeing patients with the flu in October. She said currently, nine people have tested positive for the flu at Primary Urgent Care, and eight of those were unvaccinated.

She said most of them come in with aches, a slight fever, sore throat, nausea and vomiting.

LaValley advises everyone to get their vaccines because it could alleviate some of the symptoms. "People like to say the vaccine isn't 100%, well nothing in life is 100% but I would sure put my bet on taking some protection versus no protection," she added.

She said children and elderly indiviuals are more at risk.

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