SALINE COUNTY, Mo. — It seems impossible to believe, but the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is warning Missourians that flu season is just around the corner.

KMZU’s Brian Lock was able to chat with Saline County Health Department Director Lisa Thomas about the importance of flu vaccinations.

Click below to hear their conversation, which aired Thursday on KMZU.



Thomas said that children and elderly populations are especially vulnerable because members of those communities often have weaker immune systems. The best way to prevent flu, she added, is to engage in vigorous hand washing and to make sure that you and your family are vaccinated against the flu.

If someone does get sick, Thomas suggests visiting a doctor and staying home from school or work to avoid spreading the virus. Flu shots are available, and often covered by insurance, at most doctors’ offices. Many area health departments have flu vaccination programs, however supplies are limited and immunizations are administered on a first come, first serve basis.