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Flu season begins in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - We are now in Flu season, and local doctors are urging you to go ahead and get vaccinated.

Dr. Christy Prose with West Florence Family Practice said you should get a shot now so that your body can build immunity before we get into the heart of flu season.

September and October are the best months to get vaccinated; the flu season typically lasts up until March.

Dr. Prose said when you choose to get a shot, it can protect you from up to different 20 strains of the Flu virus.

While some people opt out of getting the shot, doctors said it can protect you from the illness.

Those who contract the virus are usually impacted for up to a week, and the virus could lead to other health problems.

“It can lead to pneumonia. It can cause other sequela afterward. It’s a somewhat preventable disease. It almost always hits the young and the old worse,” Dr. Prose said.

This year, your only option for vaccination is in the form of a shot.

We could see Flumist make a comeback next year after the CDC determines if it will be effective in fighting next year’s strain.

A popular myth Dr. Prose said that people believe is that the vaccine can actually give you the virus.

“Your body is having an immune response to the pieces of the virus that are in the vaccine. You will have your body making response to it. It can make you feel a little bit puny, maybe a little bit ill, but it won’t be a full-blown immune response you would get if you had the actual flu,” Dr, Prose said.

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