Health experts urge flu shots ahead of unpredictable season

Dr. Timothy Hendrix with AdventHealth Centra Care joins News 6′s Justin Warmoth on ‘The Weekly’

ORLANDO, Fla. – Health experts are urging people 6 months and older to get their shots as they prepare for an unpredictable flu season.

With many Americans adhering to coronavirus restrictions, last year’s flu season saw the lowest rates of positive tests, hospitalizations, and deaths from the flu since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention started recording data in 2005.

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Dr. Timothy Hendrix with AdventHealth Centra Care joined anchor Justin Warmoth on “The Weekly on” to discuss the importance of getting protected against the flu.

“In the fall is when you should typically get our flu shot before cases start showing up,” Hendrix said. “Typically, it takes about two weeks for you to develop adequate protective antibodies, so that’s why you should get it now. It’ll last throughout the flu season and into the spring.”

News 6 and Centra Care are teaming up again this year to offer free flu shots in Central Florida. The first event is Monday, Oct. 11, at Centra Care’s Colonial Town location.

To watch the full interview with Hendrix, click the media player at the top of this story.

About the Author:

Justin Warmoth joined News 6 in February 2013 as our Brevard County reporter. In March of 2016, after anchoring the weekend mornings since August of 2015, Justin was promoted to weekday morning anchor. You can catch him Monday through Friday mornings from 5-7 a.m. and at noon.