Flu shots recommended as season approaches

Flu shots recommended as season approaches

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - It's time to think about getting your flu shot.

Flu season typically starts around October, so the flu vaccine is becoming available at many local health departments, pharmacies and health clinics.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., is recommending that everyone older than six months old be vaccinated against influenza.

"The single most effective way to prevent getting the flu is get an annual flu shot," Shah said.  "Influenza is a serious illness and can be fatal."

The flu vaccine comes in the traditional form of a shot, but you can also get one with a much smaller needle or nasal spray. A high-dose vaccine for people 65 years and older is also available.

According to health experts, flu season can last up until May.

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