MDH Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehrseman says now is the ‘perfect time” to get a flu shot.

“The flu vaccine won’t prevent every case of flu, but it does make a significant impact. It can help reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, hospitalizations and death.”

Last year the flu shot was found to be 45-percent effective against all strains of the flu combined, and just 37-percent effective against influenza A.