Get Shots Early As Flu Season Approaches (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 5:31 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – It’s that time of year again. Now that the kids are back in school, you have to keep them healthy. One of the easiest ways to do that is by getting a flu vaccination.

Last year's flu was brutal, coming earlier than expected and hitting hard and often. So this year, thanks in large part to advancements in the vaccine, the "Fort Wayne - Allen County Department of Health" is telling everyone to get their flu vaccine, and get it early.

"Wherever you traditionally get your flu vaccine, the minute they start offering it that's the appropriate time to getting it,” says Allen County Health Commissioner Deborah McMahan. “The old theory was 'oh you better wait until October because our flu season is typically later. We want people to wait to be fully covered.' Well we've learned so much more about the vaccine and the effectiveness of it, and we know now that it lasts for a year."

It is especially important for health professionals, day care providers, and teachers to get the vaccine as a way to prevent spreading it to those who may be more vulnerable.




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