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

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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 on early data from other parts of the world.

Health department spokesperson Susan Ringler-Cerniglia says 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 WEMU news reporter and engineer during WEMU's broadcast of NPR's All Things Considered.
Taylor Pinson is a WEMU news reporter and engineer during WEMU's broadcast of NPR's All Things Considered.
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