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Medical experts say it's time for annual flu shot

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CASCADE (KWWL) -

With the new fall season, medical experts say it's time to start getting your annual flu shot.

"People should start  getting their flu shots now, we got our flu vaccines in right after Labor Day, so it's important to start early," said nurse practitioner Debra Rohr Phd., with UnityPoint Clinic.

The flu season starts in October and lasts until May.  It usually peaks between December and February.

Leah and her 5-year old daughter Bella didn't wait to get vaccinated.

"I like to get it done and over with before it gets into the school, because once it gets into the school their more likely to get it.  And hopefully with getting it can be prevented before she gets any symptoms," said Leah Heacock. 

The CDC says it's hard to predict just what the flu season will be like from year to year, but they say this season's vaccine will work more effectively than last year's.  

Medical experts say they have seen cases of the flu in Iowa already -- so they have plenty of the vaccine on hand this year to help prevent the virus.

"So, we give the vaccine through the entire season, all the way up to and including the 1st of June.  I have had cases last year, where I have had positive cases in April," said Dr. Rohr.

Experts recommend people to get flu shots on a yearly basis. They say the vaccine is especially important for children and people more than 65-years old. According to the CDC about 90% of flu-related deaths in the United States occur in people ages 65 and older.

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