News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, Sept. 10, 2012
EVANS, Ga. -- Everywhere you look at CVS, there are reminders that it's time for a flu shot.
Ann Bourn decided after having the flu a few years ago, she'd rather be safe than sorry.
"It's miserable, so a shot is definitely worth getting," she said. "I have three children that are school aged, and I also work in the health care field. I figured this is easier than getting the flu."
Flu shot supplies are making their way to our area. CVS received theirs last month and other local clinics are expecting theirs in the coming weeks.
"We've given quite a few already. The CDC recommends to get your flu shot as soon as we have them available, and we've been advertising. We've had them for about three weeks now," said CVS Pharmacist Kristen Welch.
One reason to get the vaccine early is because it takes your body about two weeks to work up an immunity to the virus.
"A flu shot is just a vaccine that actually has parts of the virus in it and what your body does is it builds up immunity to it, so if you're exposed to the flu, your body will be able to fight against it," Welch said.
Flu season typically runs from October to April with the peak during the winter months.
"Last year was kind of a quiet season, so we didn't see very many flu cases, a lot of them were toward the end of the season," Welch said.
Pregnant women, people 65 or older and patients suffering other medical complications are considered "at risk" and are encouraged to get their flu shot as soon as possible.
"It's a very quick process, you just fill out the paperwork and we give you the shot and you're on your way," Welch said.
After a quick shot, Bourn's ready to battle flu season.
"I'm just happy to get it over with, just know that we have it and that we're safe through the flu season. It just feels good knowing that we get it over with," she said.
This year, the flu shot has three different strains of the virus -- one is the H1N1 strain from last year and the other two are new.
We checked with both the Richmond County and Columbia County health departments and they also have their supply and are ready for appointments.