Flu vaccinations are recommended before the peak of flu season

PULLMAN, WA - The flu season is here, but Whitman County public health leaders said it's not too late to get your flu shot if you haven't yet.

Public Health Director, Troy Henderson said there have been five lab confirmed cases in Whitman County so far this season. He said that number will likely increase soon because flu season usually peaks in February, March or April.

"Getting the flu is not a minor illness, influenza is a serious illness, and for certain people, you know, the elderly, young, people with underlying medical conditions, it can be very serious," said Henderson. "And so, ya, we highly recommend the flu shot every year."

Henderson said the vaccination is the best way to prevent catching the flu. The Center for Disease Control advises people to stay home if they're showing symptoms, since the illness is highly contagious. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, aches, and fatigue.