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Heath professionals urging everyone to get their flu shot

Posted at 9:56 AM, Sep 08, 2018

As fall approaches the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to get vaccinated for the flu.

Pharmacist Edward Saxon said patients are already lining up.

"Seeing a lot of people,” said Saxon. “Last year’s flu season was pretty difficult. I'm seeing a lot more men. If you come in early in the season, it carries you through the season."

Saxon said a vaccination will help protect patients for about 12 months.

"The system is built to try to anticipate the strains we'll see in this area,” said Saxon. "You can be out 7 to 10 days. The problem with kids: is they get it and you get it."

Flu season runs from early fall to late spring. Children younger than 6-months-old are at a higher risk of serious flu complications but are too young to get a flu vaccine. That's why the CDC suggests parents get vaccinated.