BOISE - Idahoans are preparing for the upcoming flu season, and now is the time doctors recommend people get a flu shot or at least make an appointment to do so.
According to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, there were 26 flu-related deaths in Idaho last season. Twenty-three of those were in people 50 or older.
"Many have chronic illnesses, and because of that, if they do end up getting the flu they have a higher likelihood to get post-secondary infections, post influenza pneumonia, which can land you in the hospital on a ventilator," said Marie Ellison from the Boise VA Medical Center.
It's also dangerous to young children. Medical experts say it's important for everyone (older than 6 months) to get vaccinated.
"Even if you're a young healthy person, that would just be down and out for a few days after influenza, you could be around maybe your grandmother or maybe like your niece or nephew has asthma," said Christie Flynn, a physician assistant at Saint Alphonsus. "Those are people who can really be affected"
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said manufactures plan on making around 160 million doses of the vaccine this flu season.
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