Is It Too Early For A Flu Shot?

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By Josh Ninke

Pharmacies like the ones you can see behind me have started offering the flu vaccine. One doctor spoke says that now is the perfect time to get vaccinated. 

 
It certainly doesn't feel like flu season, so why should you think about getting vaccinated now?
 
"We like to vaccinate in anticipation of the flu season coming a couple months down the road. So now is the time to start thinking as well as receiving the flu vaccine," said Dr. Jefferson Underwood. 
 
But not a lot of people in Montgomery are getting the shot so far. That includes David Taylor who has had bad experiences with the vaccine.
 
"The flu shot, I don't care for them. Just for the simple fact if I get the shot I get sick and I'm definitely ill for two to six weeks. If I don't have the shot then I'm pretty much normal, I'm fine, no symptoms or nothing all winter," said Taylor.
 
"I never have had a flu shot in my life. I've been pretty healthy most of my life. I take a lot of herbal supplements that boost my immune system from disease and cold and flu and that kind of thing," said Michael Anderson, who doesn't plan on getting the shot either. 
 
But Dr. Underwood recommends getting the shot, even if you think it'll give you the flu.
 
"Well there are a lot of people who feel that they cannot take the flu shot because they think it may cause the flu which, number one, it does not cause the flu. However there may be some individuals who may develop an upper respiratory like syndrome," said Dr. Underwood. 
 
He says the flu season should pick up in January but any shots you receive now should last through then.

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