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Time for the jab: Flu shot season arrives

Doctors advise you to keep up a yearly immunization against the ever-changing strains of flu. (Source: WAFF file) Doctors advise you to keep up a yearly immunization against the ever-changing strains of flu. (Source: WAFF file)
DANVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Several drug stores are already putting out signs stating they are ready with flu shots.

Many people say they get them every year. Danville resident Denise Bracken is one.  

"I usually get it around September or October," she said. "We get them through my work. I was diagnosed with cancer this year, so it's mandatory now that I get it. And I will continue getting it every year 'cause I don't want to have the sickness."

Dr. Charles Elliott of Decatur says it's important to have the latest immunization every year, typically before the height of flu season in October.

People we spoke to follow their doctors' instructions and get their flu shots each fall, being sure to keep their record active.

There are already reports of people getting the flu this year. So is it too early to be vaccinated? We took that question and more to Dr. Scott Harris, Assistant State Health Officer for Area 2.  

"Flu shots are recommended for everyone over 6 months of age and up, unless there's some medical reason that they're not allowed to take it," said Dr. Harris. "And you really should take the flu shot as soon as you can. There's not a reason to wait."

And if you are worried about losing some of that immunity? He says don't be.

"Really, the risk of getting flu is so much worse, if you wait," he said.

There are different types of immunizations for kids, people with compromised immune systems and the elderly.  Check with your doctor to see which is best for your family.

Dr. Harris says the bottom line is to get protection as soon as possible, and build a barrier for your family from a disease which kills about a thousand people a year in Alabama.  

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