It's flu season once again, and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage everyone to get a flu shot.
"The vaccine is available, it is safe, it is the thing to do, and it is your best protection against influenza and the complications thereof," says Dr. Will Sorey, Director of the Eli Manning Clinic at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children.
Dr. Sorey says it's especially important for children to get vaccinated, because if they get the flu, they may not know it.
"It's hard to tell sometimes, because little children can't complain about their muscles hurting and their neck hurting and all the things you and I effectively complain about," he says.
Dr. Gail Martin is a Family Practitioner for MEA, which has clinics all over Central Mississippi. She advises you get vaccinated early in flu season which starts in October.
"It takes about two weeks for the influenza vaccine to become active," she tells us. "So as soon as flu season hits, which is about right now, everyone should get a flu shot."
Some people argue they've never gotten a flu shot and they've never had the flu. To that, Dr. Sorey offers this: "I am very sad for you, because this is a disease that can and will hurt you. It can and will hurt your children."
WHERE CAN I GET A FLU SHOT? They're available right now at your doctor's office, walk-in clinics and pharmacies. They'll be available at local health departments soon.
Veterans can get a free flu shot at Jackson's VA Medical Center Saturday, September 28 from 7:30 a.m. To 3:30 p.m. Pull up to the West Entrance. Veterans won't even have to get out of their car!
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