"The CDC the twenty seventeen and eighteen flu season was notable for the record breaking levels of flu illness and hospitalization rates throughout the country, tragically there were also one hundred eighty flu related pediatric deaths. Reminder of just how serious flu can be as the new flu season approaches time for a review on how best to protect ourselves. We're joined by Dr Bill Shatner, infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt medical center in Nashville working with the CDC doctor. What should we know? Gordon? There's going to be a flu season. That's the important thing. We should all know more severe less severe. But it will be here who is nasty, which means the bow is the time to get vaccinated. Let's all rolled up our sleeves the recommendations are so simple. We don't have to think about them. If you're older than six months of age. Yep. You're eligible for vaccination. We should get vaccinated to protect ourselves as well. As everybody around us. You don't want spread the virus? This nasty virus to anybody at work. In your family at home in your house of worship, don't be graded spreader. Get vaccinated. How difficult is it to create the correct vaccines? These days where we have lots of options, there's the standard flu vaccine. And then for people aged sixty five and older. This is important because they get the more serious complications actually to vaccines. That are licensed, especially for them. One is called simply dose, and the other has a fancy name called the agitators seen that just means there's an immune stimulant in it pharmacies. And doctors offices almost all have one or the other. And that's great for people aged sixty five and older and Medicare will pay for it. You don't have to worry about that. Do vaccines. Make it more difficult to battle the flu strains. Vaccines. Don't make it more difficult. In fact, they are the single best thing we have available to combat the flu. And we wanna particularly emphasize people age sixty five and older those younger than age sixty five we have an underlying illness such as diabetes lung disease, heart disease, or even a compromised and a special shout out to women who are pregnant back flu vaccine is safe. Protects the pregnant woman. You're pregnant when they get to have a very high rate of complications. And we don't want that. And then there's a bonus the protection they make actually passes across the percentage gets into the newborn baby provides protection to that new baby after it's born. Well, so that's a bonus. Yeah. We're speaking with Dr Bill Schefter, infectious diseases specialist at Vanderbilt medical center in Nashville the working with the CDC as we head into flu season with some tips on preventing flu any read on what these this season is going to be like a worse than last year. Not as bad. The read is that there will be a flu season. Crystal ball is cloudy. That's why we just say let's get vaccinated each and every year don't drink. Don't try to interstate is going to be a bad wasn't one. Just go ahead and get vaccinated. That's the best protection that vaccine will protect against any number of different influenza viral strains with a three or four the vaccine vary. Get the one that's in your doctor's office or that the pharmacist recommend."