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Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages poststar.com, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.

My wife reached out to me via text message on Monday saying she was not feeling well.

Several of her coworkers were out due to the flu. So fearing the worst I said it is not too late to get your flu shot.

I took advantage of a free dose in the fall and remain flu free despite a pesky cold that hung with me for nearly two weeks.

The debate ensued that the flu shot doesn't protect you, while I took the pro side, she took the con.

According to reports, the most common flu strain this year is influenza H3N2. It is not new to scientists and has been around for decades.

The issue lies in that the older population and children will get hit the hardest.

Flu vaccines also tend to be less effective. Health officials have said the current vaccine should be about 30 percent effective against it.

I'll still take 30 percent over nothing.

The CDC has said the nasal spray is not effective and to administer the dose via shot.

The Department of Health issues weekly updates for the week ending Jan. 13 the flu is widespread across the state. 

According to the report, this is the sixth week it has been considered widespread and Influenza A (H1) has been the most confirmed case so far detected by the Wadsworth Center.

According to the report, 6,083 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases were confirmed which was a 54 percent increase over the prior week.

I have attached a copy of the latest report to read more.

As for flu in my household only time will tell if the flu shot is effective or not. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

— Adam Colver

Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages The Post-Star's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and poststar.com. He can be reached at acolver@poststar.com.

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