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Officials: Get flu shots now for Thanksgiving protection

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Now is the time to get your flu shot if you haven't already.

Public health officials say there have already been three strains of the flu detected in Iowa, which is earlier than usual and may be a sign that it will be a bad year for the flu.

Those three are the strains that are covered by this year's flu shot.

While there aren't a lot of cases now, officials say the flu usually becomes more common during the holiday season.

"It's a good time to get your flu shot because as more and more people are mingling together," said Heather Meador, a nurse with Linn County Public Health. "That increases the likelihood of the flu being spread."

With Thanksgiving two weeks away, public health nurses say it takes up to two weeks for flu shots to become effective.

"It takes a few weeks before you really develop full immunity, so get it now before the holidays are in full swing," said Meador.

Officials say there's no shortage of flu shots this year. There is also a spray available instead of a shot.

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