State epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan says the number of reported flu cases in New Jersey is still low, but more are very likely.
“This is the time of the year that we want to be with family and friends. And it’s cold outside, so we certainly are indoors a lot in conditions where we’re going to be with other people,” said Tan. “That’s why it’s important for people to take precautions — like making sure they wash their hands, like covering their cough and sneezes.”
Tan said the best way to avoid coming down with a case of the flu is getting a shot, and it’s not too late.
“We usually see flulike activity peak in New Jersey sometime in January and February, and we see flu activity until around March, April of every year,” she said. “As long as there’s flu circulating in the community, it’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. So, if you haven’t gotten the flu vaccine, you should get it.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every season.
If you do get the flu, Tan advises staying home.