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Washtenaw County health officials expect coming flu season to be worse than expected

Flu shot
Flu shot

Flu season is coming, and the Washtenaw County Health Department is urging residents to get their COVID-19 booster and a flu shot this year.

Health officials have expressed concerns this could be a worse-than-average flu season based onearly data from other parts of the world.

Health department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cernigliasays both the flu shot and covid booster remain the best way to protect yourself from experiencing serious illness from either disease.

“Doesn’t mean you won’t get a milder case of flu. They don’t necessarily prevent all cases, but they are both very effective for preventing those most severe outcomes.”

Ringler-Cerniglia says it’s especially important to get vaccinated now, since the upcoming holidays typically coincide with the start of the county’s flu season.

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Taylor Pinson is a former WEMU news reporter and engineer.
Taylor Pinson is a former WEMU news reporter and engineer.
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