Health officials: Get flu shot before end of October

    Juneau, Alaska (AP) - State health officials are recommending that all Alaskans older than 6 months old get a flu shot.

    The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services recorded the deaths of 16 adults and two children due to flu during the 2018-2019 season.

    The department recommends getting the flu vaccine by the end of October.

    Chief medical officer Dr. Anne Zink says vaccinations can go a long way to minimize effects of the virus even from a strain not covered by this year's serum.

    She says it doesn't always protect a person from getting the flu but does a fantastic job of helping to prevent hospitalizations and complications,

    Widespread reports of influenza were received later than usual last season with peak activity in February.

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