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Doctors urging everyone to get vaccines earlier

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -  These are the symptoms no one wants.

"Fever, stomach ache, sore throat and achiness," said Alisha Armstrong, Nurse Practitioner, P.M. Pediatrics.

Doctors say the way to avoid those symptoms is by getting vaccinate for the flu.

"It provides at least 6 months immunity. So if you get it now it should protect you through the peak of flu season," said Armstrong.

If it seems a little early in the year for the flu to start up, it's because it is.

"Every year we see flu sooner that we did the year before," said Armstrong.

At this rate, Armstrong says in a few years you may need more than one vaccine a year.

"We're not there yet and the CDC isn't recommending it yet, but that's the nature of it, or they may start off carrying a vaccine that provides a longer immunity," said Armstrong.

Until then, the CDC is recommending children, senior adults and anyone with health issues to get the vaccine.

While some may still opt out of the vaccine, Armstrong says you should think twice, that while the vaccine doesn't guarantee you won't get the flu, it will make the experience a little easier to handle.

"It's kind of like saying well we may get killed in a car accident when we leave, but that doesn't keep us from wearing our seatbelt. It's kind of the same thing, you may get the flu, but it's going to be much milder with fewer complications," said Armstrong.  

It takes the vaccine two weeks to take effect.

Armstrong says it will last the whole season and will taper off as the threat of the virus goes away.

You also want to make sure you take the proper precautions of washing your hands, covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing and not sharing food or drink.


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