Health officials encouraging early flu shots

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We're in the midst of flu season and health officials say if you haven't gotten your flu shot, now is the time.

"It's recommended that everybody over six months would get the flu vaccination", says Karen Hoover.

The Centers for Disease Control makes flu season predictions based on what happens in the Southern Hemisphere.

"They had a stronger rate of influenza there so we make our vaccine for America based off what occurs in that Southern Hemisphere."

Karen Hoover is the infection control coordinator at St Mary's of Michigan and she says get vaccinated now because the vaccine takes about two weeks to kick in. She also recommends that people get flu shots yearly.

"Once you get the flu vaccine it is good for that season but it is required that you get an annual vaccination because it's made for the flu season so to get it now isn't good for two years."

Hoover says her thoughts behind getting a flu shot are simple; getting one vaccination could prevent days of illness or even death.

"The illness that's respiratory is going to hang on for weeks it's not going to go away in a couple days. You're going to be down and out with temperature and fever and muscle aches and cough that just keeps getting worse"

For those who are worried about getting sick from the vaccine...

"You cannot get the flu from the flu vaccine, if one does become ill it is likely that you may have gotten the flu before the vaccine has been able to work."

So if you haven't received your flu shot yet, you may want to consider getting one.

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