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      Time for flu shots is now?

      The cold weather isn't here yet, but health experts say now is the time to protect yourself from the flu.

      Flu vaccines are in stock in many places across Marquette County. You can get the shot or a nasal spray.

      "Nasal spray is more gentle and it won't hurt you that much. You have to take little deep breaths with your nose," said Matthew Garver.

      This year there's a new vaccine that protects you against A and B strains including H1N1, H3N2, and Influenza B.

      Influenza, otherwise known as the flu, is traditionally recognized as a respiratory illness which, left untreated, could lead to death. However, with the H1N1 strain, you could experience symptoms that aren't the typical flu-like symptoms.

      "The H1N1 vaccine covers a different strain of the various kinds which also includes vomit, diarrhea, abdominal symptoms," said Karen Eldevick, M.D. Family Medicine.

      Eldevick says last year's vaccine was six percent effective locally. She hopes this year's new vaccine will be more successful.

      Health experts say getting vaccinated early on in the fall before the virus starts circulating is best.

      "We go into the schools. We have them available at senior centers. Also, people can get them from their primary care physician, and different pharmacies across the area offer them, too," said Jill Santti, nurse at Marquette County Health Department.

      Kids and the elderly are more susceptible to getting the flu. That's why it's recommended anyone six months and older get the vaccine.

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