UPDATED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 2:58pm
Flu season is kicking off, and that means it's time to get your annual flu shot. Because, according to Central Texas Health Officials, if you wait until you catch the "bug", it could be too late.
"We never know when the flu season is really going to hit its peak. It can happen in October. It can happen in February," said Kelly Craine, Public Information Officer for the Waco McLennan County Health District.
So far, the Waco Health District has administered dozens of shots. That's just a fraction of the one thousand vaccines they've ordered.
"It's recommended that everyone six months of age and older get a flu vaccine. They're available at your local health district or at select pharmacies," said Craine.
Craine says the shots are especially crucial for the elderly and young children, as extreme cases of the flu can be fatal.
"Anyone with any underlying health conditions, if they have heart disease or lung disease, asthma, diabetes, they are at greater risk," said Craine.
Once you get vaccinated, it usually takes about two weeks for the medicine to set in. And, as temperatures continue to drop, Craine says we can expect the virus to make its presence known.
"Once the flu bug is here, once it's mingling in thepopulation, it spreads very easily, whatever the temperature," said Craine.
That's why it's important to stop the flu, before it stops you.