ROANOKE, Va. – One local health expert said it’s not too early to get your flu shot.
The Virginia Department of Health said that flu activity in the Commonwealth typically peaks between December and February, but it can remain higher into the spring.
However, this year, the VDH observed widespread flu even in June.
Dr. Cynthia Morrow, director of the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, said that event though it’s not ‘peak time’ to get your flu shot, you can get vaccinated now.
“Ask your [healthcare] provider whether they have their flu shots. Because there is some flu activity going on, it’s not a bad idea to get your seasonal flu up to date now; but typically, we recommend September or October,” said Dr. Morrow.
The CDC estimates that influenza resulted in 8-to-13 million illnesses and 5,000-to-14,000 deaths in the U.S. during the 2021-2022 flu season.