Ask the Expert: Who should get a flu vaccine?

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - If it seems like everyone is sick it's likely because several viruses, including the flu, are going around in the Tri-State.

Infection control experts at Saint Elizabeth Healthcare first said the flu had started circulating in the Tri-State at the very end of 2016.

Jerri Abramis, St. Elizabeth flu prevention specialist, said, "Flu is very insidious, folks can be incubating the flu virus for two days before you think, is this the flu?"

So that means to protect those who are at the biggest risks from its complications, such as babies not yet six months old, people need to get vaccinated against it. The vaccine does appear to be a good match for protection so far in 2017. But some parts of the country say they are already seeing a season more severe than in some previous years which means more cases are likely coming.

One Local 12 viewer wanted to know should she bother getting the vaccine once she got over the flu?

"Definitely, I would say yes to that because we don't know, I'm not sure she knows, what virus caused her flu, an A or a B strain. So if she still gets the flu shot for mainly those three strains, maybe she still can be protected against the strains that she was not inoculated with," said Abramis.

While he said it's not likely people would get the same strain more than once, the vaccine protects people from multiple strains. That means even if one of them already made someone sick without the vaccine, the other two could still leave them with another case of body aches, malaise, upper respiratory symptoms, and muscle aches and pains. The flu tends to hit suddenly and last seven to ten days. A cold tends to come on more gradually .

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