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Doctors recommend getting flu vaccines early this season

Posted: 5:25 PM, Oct 04, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-04 18:25:42-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When fall arrives, flu season usually comes along with it. What can be an annoyance for most can, unfortunately, be deadly for others. 

That's why every year you'll find Linda and Bill Kornitzer at the Visiting Nurse Association's annual flu shot event. 

"We're getting older, and I don't need to get sick like that," said Linda Kornitzer. 

Linda and her husband Bill Kornitzer said they have been getting their flu vaccines together for the last 20 years. 

"If you were laid up in bed for a week or so with the flu, you would regret that you didn't get the flu shot," said Linda Kornitzer. 

Every year, the peak of the flu season varies. Health officials are insisting people get the flu vaccine as soon as possible. If a person waits, they may be infected with influenza before they get vaccinated.  

"There is a big push for everybody to get it," said Connie Girsham, a Chief Nursing Officer at Visiting Nurse Association. 

The Centers for Disease Control said the vaccination is critical to ensure an individual exposed to the flu does not develop the disease at all, or develop severe complications of the infection. 

Following the strain that hit Australia, health officials are bracing for the same small clusters of that so-called H3N2 flu. 

Last year – less than half of the U.S. population was vaccinated. 

The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department is offering flu vaccines to both children and adults. 

The KCMO Health Department is located at 2400 Troost Ave.