Flu shots hit shelves

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Shipments of flu shots arriving at Grand Valley pharmacies and medical centers and the CDC recommends the sooner people get it, the better.

"I get the flu shot every year," Angela Lucero said. "I believe it's important because of building that immunity toward it and keeping my family safe and hopefully free of any sickness for the season."

Flu season starts in October, but it takes two weeks after getting the flu shot for the body to build up antibodies.

While needles might scare some people off, Nurse Cindy Dearden, of the Grand Junction VA Medical Center, said the flu is a serious sickness that can last up to two weeks compared to a short prick of a shot.

"I have had several nurses that said that and then they actually got the flu and they never missed a flu shot after that," Dearden said.

The flu shot protects people against 3-4 of the most common strains.

People can still get sick with other strains of flu, but the shot still helps to lessen the severity of the symptoms, Dearden said.

Walgreens and Rite Aid pharmacies have the flu shot available now around Grand Junction.

The Grand Junction VA Medical Center is still waiting on a shipment of shots to come in.

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