In the past, Syracuse University student Jennifer Molina admits she sometimes waited too long to get a flu shot but this year she wanted to make sure she was prepared. On Friday, Molina got her flu shot at a clinic run by the Onondaga County Health Department at the Spanish Action League in Syracuse.
"Vaccines not only prevent you from getting sick but they help diminish how many other people get the flu," said Molina.
After a few relatively quiet years, the number of flu cases went up last season. The best way to stay safe is with a flu vaccine and health departments across the state say now is the best time to get a flu shot. Oneida county ordered extra vaccine for this flu shot clinics this year and Oswego county has already administered 1300 doses at clinics.
Health workers say getting a flu shot isn't just about protecting yourself, it's also helps keep everyone else healthy.
"You actually can pass the flu to other people before you even have symptoms so that's why its important to get your shot so you are protecting those who can't get their vaccine," said Karen Johnson from the Onondaga County Health Department.
In her job at the Spanish Action League,Iluminava Dedeschi interacts with people all day long. She knew she would be putting herself at risk if she did not get vaccinated.
"Because we're working in the community face to face every day," said Dedeschi.
Friday's flu shot clinic is the only public clinic the Onondaga County Health Department has scheduled for this season. Flu shots are widely available at other locations including many supermarkets and area pharmacies.