MinuteClinic Nurse Practitioner Megan Monroe joined us on WECT News First at Four Monday to talk about the best ways to protect yourself as we head into the cold and flu season.
It’s part of our Fall Week on WECT News First at Four.
Monroe stressed the importance of getting flu shots.
There are 5 million flu illnesses a year, 2.5 million flu-related medical visits and 77,000 hospitalizations.
Each year, a new vaccination is formulated by the CDC based on anticipated strains of the flu for the coming year.
Getting a flu shot cuts down on your chances of contracting the flu.
Monroe said there have already been several confirmed cases of the flu at the MinuteClinic locations in Wilmington.
Here is Monroe’s other advice for avoiding sickness this fall:
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