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Flu Shots now available

About 20 percent of Americans get the flu each year, and the viruses that cause the flu are always changing. (Photo: Sinclair Broadcast Group).

About 20 percent of Americans get the flu each year, and the viruses that cause the flu are always changing.

A new flu shot is produced each year to protect against the most common strains.

That's why local pharmacies and doctor offices are administering this year’s flu shot.

Now a higher dose flu vaccine is recommended for patients ages 65 and older or are at a higher risk of developing flu complications.

"The high dose flu vaccine does contain a higher concentration of the vaccine. The reason that's needed is that some people do have a more difficult time developing an immunity to the virus," said Dr. Daniel Child with Blessing Physician Services.

A full immune response to the flu takes about two weeks to develop.

Getting the flu shot early can protect you *before* the peak of flu season.

Flu season typically starts at the end of November and early December.

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