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Health officials prepare for flu season

POSTED: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 5:55pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am

Flu season begins tomorrow, and the flu shot might not be as popular as it was last year. One local Walgreens gave out more than 5,000 flu shots last season, but this year, some are opting not to take the vaccine. Maybe that's because the hype over H1N1 has decreased, or maybe people just don't want to bother with getting the shot.

One local says he is not getting it because he had bad reactions to the last flu vaccine he took. Others say they are getting the shot because they don't want to make their family members sick if they came down with the flu. Whatever the reason may be, doctors urge everyone who can to get the vaccine.

Health Administrator at the Waco Public Health District, Kelly Craine, says everyone should get the flu shot because if you get it, it could keep you down for weeks or even a month. She urges all people at high risk for severe complications from the flu to get the vaccine. Those at high-risk for complications are pregnant women, children, seniors and people with health problems like asthma.

The flu vaccine can be given as a shot or in nasal spray form. This year, one vaccination covers both bases-- H1N1 and the standard flu. People can go to the Public Health District in Waco to get the vaccine or local pharmacies.

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