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Heath professionals urging everyone to get their flu shot

Posted at 9:56 AM, Sep 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-08 10:49:30-04

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.