Juneau, Alaska (AP) - State health officials are recommending that all Alaskans older than 6 months old get a flu shot.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services recorded the deaths of 16 adults and two children due to flu during the 2018-2019 season.
The department recommends getting the flu vaccine by the end of October.
Chief medical officer Dr. Anne Zink says vaccinations can go a long way to minimize effects of the virus even from a strain not covered by this year's serum.
She says it doesn't always protect a person from getting the flu but does a fantastic job of helping to prevent hospitalizations and complications,
Widespread reports of influenza were received later than usual last season with peak activity in February.