When should you get the flu shot?

(WQOW)- Flu season will creep up on us fast, and health officials want you to start thinking about getting your flu shot.

Urgent Care Physician Dr. Thomas Hunt said if it’s being offered you should get it.

He said the best time to get it is at the end of October, right when flu season usually starts.

He said anyone six months of age and older is recommend to get the shot.

He said it’s also important you understand what the flu is, so you don’t confuse the symptoms with something like the common cold.

“People will often times will come in and say they have influenza or they have the flu when they’re having vomiting or diarrhea type of an illness and those are actually not influenza,” Hunt said. “Influenza is an infection generally the respiratory tract and the entire body you’ll have fevers, chills, body aches, headaches and usually a respiratory infection.”

Hunt said it’s never too late to get the flu shot, because the flu can last up until March.

He said anyone who has an allergy to any of the ingredients in the vaccine or have allergies to eggs shouldn’t get the shot if it’s egg based.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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