SPOTSWOOD, NJ - With October only days away comes the start of flu season. It typically begins in October as the weather begins to change. Australia's flu season, which usually starts in early September, began earlier this year leaving many US doctors to predict it may start prematurely in America as well. The duration of flu season is tough for doctors to pinpoint, but it usually peaks in December, January and February though some years the virus hangs on until May. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best defense is a flu shot. Flu shots are recommended for anyone six months of age and older.

The Middlesex County Department of Public Safety and Health is holding a Flu Shot Clinic on Wednesday, October 9 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Spotswood Municipal Complex Courtroom. The flu vaccine is $15 and is cash only. It is available for adult residents and children from six months to 18 years of age.

The pneumonia vaccine will also be on hand for $65 and is cash only too. This vaccine is for residents 65 years of age or older as well as adults from 18 to 65 years of age with a chronic illness and have never received the pneumonia vaccine before.

Shot recipients with a valid Medicare card should bring it to the clinic. They will not be charged for either the flu or pneumonia vaccine if the Medicare card is presented.