Local clinics say flu shots are hard to get this season

Boy cries as he gets flu vaccination

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Every flu season is different and health officials never know how bad a flu season is going to be or how long it's going to last, which is why it is important for everyone six months of age and older to get the flu vaccine every year, Glynn County health officials said.

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Health care facilities are getting stocked with the flu vaccine, which is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.

"People think that when you get the flu shot, then you get the flu".

A 2017 CDC study found that the flu vaccination significantly reduced a child's risk of dying from influenza.

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"The flu is a smart virus, and what I mean by that is it's constantly changing".

People can receive a flu vaccine at many pharmacies, their doctor's office, the Polk County Health Department and more.

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"Once we get older, our immune systems don't work as well, so by giving them the higher dose, it's supposed to boost the immunity better".

The CDC said it is not possible to predict how severe the flu season with the timing and length of it varying every season but flu activity in the U.S. begins to increase in October and November, peaking between December and February and lasting as late as May.

The CDC recommends everyone get a flu shot by the end of October, before flu activity increases. Peak flu season in Georgia usually occurs in late January and early February.

The nasal spray "contains a weakened virus that does not cause influenza infection".

But not having enough time isn't a good one in Glynn County anymore.

Vaccines are specifically created to protect you from the flu without exposing you to a virus that will make you sick.

"Now if you are over the age of 65, there is something called the high dose flu vaccine". "We just got in a big batch of flu immunizations, and we expect to be distributing that the first week in October", says Dr. Janice Ford with University Health Conway.

Pregnant women and those with a chronic health condition are also considered high-risk for complications from influenza. The vaccines we utilize today are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are very safe.

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