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Flu cases continue to rise across the Southeast

Local medical experts shared their thoughts about the rise in flu cases and whether it's too late to bother getting a flu shot.
Nurse Practitioner Benjamin Sneed says the elderly and children are especially vulnerable to the flu virus and highly recommends they get the flu shot.
Nurse Practitioner Benjamin Sneed says the elderly and children are especially vulnerable to the flu virus and highly recommends they get the flu shot.
Dothan Family Practice Doctor Joseph Sewell says immunization plays a big role in avoiding the flu.
Dothan Family Practice Doctor Joseph Sewell says immunization plays a big role in avoiding the flu.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's latest report shows the flu virus continues to increase.

 

With only one month left to go for flu season, some people are asking the question, “Should I get a flu shot?” 

 

Local medical experts shared their thoughts about the rise in flu cases and whether it's too late to bother getting  a flu shot.

 

Nurse Practitioner Benjamin Sneed says the Wiregrass has seen an influx of flu cases this season.

 

“There's just been a lot of cases here in Dothan and in surrounding Wiregrass areas.  Occasionally, we'll have a year where we'll have a high amount of flu cases."

 

Sneed says holding out on getting the flu shot is not worth the risk.

 

"I would go ahead and get a flu shot, especially if you have any pre-existing conditions, very old, very young."

 

"Optimal time is around October/November, because it takes about two weeks to take effect," said Dr. Joseph Sewell of the Dothan Family Health Center

 

Dr. Sewell would be the first to tell you it's a good idea to get the shot at the start of the flu season.

 

"It's never too late to get the flu shot until it's too late," Sewell said.


However, he said the flu shot might not fight off cases of H1N1.


"We've had a recurrence of H1N1.  Getting your flu shot this year may not cover the H1N1 flu, but the immunizations of the past have been effective for that."

 

But no worries. He says just make sure you're immunized, go ahead and get that flu shot, and it'll all be over before we know it.

 

"Currently, hopefully it's going to taper off and end the flu season in the February/March time frame."

 


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