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Health Officials Urge Preparation For Flu Season

By Sheila AshThe flu season officially begins in October, but doctors say now is the time to get vaccinated.Dr. Paul Schulz is an epidemiologist at Norton Healthcare and says people should get vaccinated again this year for H1N1."Everybody should be aware that H1N1, even though we haven’t seen as many cases in our community, it’s not gone away around the world. So there’s a concern that we may see a resurgence again this flu season," he said.This year people will only have to get one shot to be vaccinated against both H1N1 and the seasonal flu virus. Schulz says most health care facilities should begin offering flu shots next month.However, people are advised to call their primary care physician to find out when flu shots will be available.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.