Most of us appreciate fall as that time of year when the colors change, but there are some who dread this time of year because it signals a struggle with seasonal allergies and the flu. That's why tonight, Lubbock health officials are trying to get the word out early that now is the time to protect yourself against what could be an especially strong flu virus this year.
The best time to get your flu shot is between October and December, that will give your body enough time to prepare to fight off the flu. This years flu season is expected to be a bad one, according to the Health Department, but the good news is, the shots are already coming in and they have plenty.
"There is a lot of stuff going around and it is with the season change, in the pollens in the air and what have you. But if you have allergies and you have problems with allergies that's just another reason you should get a flu shot", Public Health Coordinator Beckie Brawley said.
Public Health Coordinator Beckie Brawley says flu shots are very important, and anyone who can get one, should.
"A simple flu shot can protect you from a serious illness. People who get the flu can become ill with pneumonia, become hospitalized and there are still flu deaths every year. From people who did not get a flu shot and come down with the flu", Brawley said.
Brawley says this years strain is similar to last years, and health professionals are projecting a nasty flu season.
"It should make people more aware of the need to get a flu shot, we really encourage that every year. But with us knowing that there's going to be more flu, we really try to encourage people to be more aware and get the flu shot as soon as its available", Brawley said.
Infants and people over 65 are first priority for flu shots, but everyone is encouraged to get one. The good news is, this year the supply is not limited. You can not get a shot if you are allergic to eggs, are ill or have a fever.
By the way, there is a drive-through flu clinic taking place this Saturday for high risk adults. This includes adults age 50 years and older and adults age 19 to 49 who have a high-risk medical condition. Stop by the Westex Federal Credit Union at 7th Street and Avenue K, between 10am and 2pm. The cost will be ten dollars.