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Bi-County Health Department now offering the flu shot

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MARION -- October kicks off flu season, and experts urge us to get a flu shot. The Franklin-Williamson Bi-County Health Department has begun offering flu vaccinations in both counties.

Experts recommend people get vaccinated by the end of the month. Although it's recommended for everyone, seasonal flu shots are especially important for the very young and senior citizens. 

It's that time of year where every one asks, "is there a bug going around?" To better avoid the flu "bug" Carrie Eldridge with the Bi-County Health Department recommends getting the flu shot.

"Along with of course, covering your mouth, washing your hands, staying home if you're sick," says Eldridge. 

She says you can start as early as six-months. She says it's also important for people who have a chronic underlying health condition and are pregnant.

Franklin and Williamson counties health departments are now administering the vaccine.

"There's different types of flu shots. We have the quadrivalent, which covers four stains of the flu virus," says Eldridge. 

New this year, Bi-County will distribute the "high-dose" flu vaccine for those 65 and older. Eldridge does not recommend the flu mist because she says it does not offer good protection, She says December through February is flu peak season, but people can start noticing symptoms as early as October.

" Fever, but not everyone has a fever. Could be runny nose, stuffy nose, cough or dry cough, sneezing, says" Eldridge. 

The flu shots are available at both clinics, in Marion and Benton. To learn more information about times and cost you can call those clinics. 

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