Flu Vaccine Is Easier to Get

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Officials say we are entering the peak of flu season and with the tragic death of a four year old boy from the flu recently, it's never too soon to be prepared.

Flu season's peak is typically from the end of January to the middle of February, but now you don't necessarily have to go to your family doctor for the shot.

Many pharmacies are stepping in and offering the flu vaccine so you do not have to go through the trouble of scheduling a doctor's visit.

City Market is just one of many pharmacies in the area that offer the vaccination. David Jones a pharmacist with City Market believes many people are getting the shot at pharmacies for the convenience. He says, "Literally there is no waiting, it's about the same amount of time to fill a prescription as it is to get a flu shot."

Many of the area City Markets still have vaccines available, but if you are interested in getting a shot from a pharmacy you should call ahead to make sure they have the vaccine in stock.

The Mesa County Health Department stresses getting a shot every year because the vaccine protects against a different strain of influenza each year.

If you can't afford the $28 dollar average at most pharmacies the Health Department does offer free shots for those that qualify.

A common misconception about the vaccine is that it might give you the flu shortly after the injection. Kristy Westerman of the Mesa County Health Department says, "It may wear you down a little bit and you may feel a little bit tired you may have some irritation around the shot site, but it will not give you the flu."

Health care officials say the vaccine is a dead strain of the virus and therefore the injection won't infect you.

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