Influenza “flu” season is coming and you need to prepare now. To prevent getting the flu, get a flu shot. Flu shots are recommended for anyone 6 months and older. Pregnant women, young children, and the elderly especially need flu shots because they are at increased risk for severe complications from the flu.

There are different types of flu vaccines this year and Public Health officials encourage you to talk to your doctor or pharmacist to see which one is best for you.

Getting your flu shot earlier in the season gives your immune system time to build up before being exposed to circulating flu viruses. Flu shots are available at doctor offices, pharmacies, or a public flu clinic. Public Health can provide a flu shot for those who don’t have health insurance coverage.

Penn Yan Rite Aid Pharmacy public flu clinics for anyone 3 years and older on:

• 11:30 to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Yates County Office Building Auditorium, 417 Liberty St., Penn Yan

• 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at the Keuka Commons Building, 141 Central Ave. Keuka Park.

• 11:30 to 1 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Yates County Office Building Auditorium, 417 Liberty St., Penn Yan.

Other important steps to take to prevent the flu are washing your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based rubs, good cough and sneeze habits using a tissue or the bend of your arm, and staying home from work, school, and community events if you are ill.

For more information, call 315-536-5160 or visit www.yatescountypublichealth.org.