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Here’s when you should get your flu shot, according to Alabama health officials
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Here’s when you should get your flu shot, according to Alabama health officials

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Amid the COVID pandemic, health officials are stressing the importance of getting a flu vaccine this year.

Flu vaccines are recommended that anyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated for the flu, particularly those at high risk for flu complications. Those considered at high risk include people 65 years and older, young children and people with chronic conditions such as asthma or heart disease. Individuals who care for or live with these high-risk populations also should get vaccinated.

The timing of the flu vaccine is important as well.

“It’s good to get your flu shot in September or by the end of October at the latest in order to be ready for the upcoming flu season,” said Dr. Scott Harris, State Health Officer. “The good news is that this year’s vaccine protects against four different flu strains, so there is added protection.”

There are two options for getting a flu vaccination, the traditional shot or the nasal spray vaccine. Mark Jackson, executive director of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, said individuals should select the type of flu vaccination they get depending on factors such as their age, health status and relevant allergies, including egg allergies. Anyone with questions should visit the CDC website, cdc.gov/flu.

Flu vaccines are available from healthcare providers as well as many retail pharmacies.

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