GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- The flu virus begins spreading rapidly by October and November. The virus typically peaks between December and March.
Francisco Graza knows the pain of the flu all too well.
"You're not yourself you know, just waking up, not getting the amount of sleep you're supposed to and you're kind of just out of your normal routine, so it kind of just throws you off,” Garza said.
Garza has a three-year-old son to look after and keep healthy.
"When one of your kids gets sick you never want to see them go through that,” Garza said.
Coughing, runny nose, fever, chills fatigue and body aches are all symptoms of the flu.
"To see him sick and not being his usual fun self -- running around, happy little kid… You just don't want to see that happen to a kid,” Garza said.
To prevent the flu blues, Garza makes sure his son receives a flu shot.
"If it makes him feel better than by all means give it to him,” Garza said.
Allison Sanchez with the Mesa County Health Department said the flu shot is very important for young children, elderly adults or anyone with a compromised immune system.
"Just to protect themselves and the community from the flu virus that passes every year,” Sanchez said.
Needles can be scary, especially for the little guys.
"He’s a pretty tough little guy. I think he’s more excited to get the band-aid than the actual shot so he’s a trooper for sure,” Garza said.
Not everyone gets the flu shot every year.
"Because it's evolving some people say were not sure if it covers the strain or is it worth it to get it so we’re debating about it,” Beau Williams said.
Regardless staying healthy can always help you fight off a virus.
"We're just big on cleaning hands a lot and just eating right and exercising so that your body is strong to fight stuff,” Williams said.