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Nashville Flu Season Around The Corner

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Flu season is just around the corner, but doctors said there is still time to protect you from the disease. 

Some health care professionals said recently they have seen a spike in flu illnesses cases, but the nothing compared to last year.

During this time of year as more people travel and are out shopping, exposure to germs is greater. 

Dr. Millard Collins at Meharry Medical College said the best preventative method is a flu shot.

"Absolutely, that's the hallmark of immunization; to help try to identify the most common strains, the most violent strains that cause people to be sick," said Dr. Collins.

Brian Todd with the Metro Public Health Department said in recent years, less people have gotten the flu shot at the health department. He said that could be a reflection of more drug store pharmacies offering the vaccine. 

Nationally only about 40 percent of people actually get a flu shot. 

"The really good news is, of the testing that is being done, not only here but across the country, they identify what is the strain of flu people are ill with and it is matching up very well with what is in the flu shot," said Todd.

If you were to get a flu shot today, it would take about two weeks before you get the full effect of the shot.

Flu shot are available at the Lentz Metro Public Health Department for $20.

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