Flu vaccine facts and recommendations

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The flu season is here, and local doctors have already seen positive flu cases here in the Permian Basin. It’s important to protect yourself and your family. The CDC recommends everyone six months and older get the flu shot before the end of October so you can be protected during the peak of flu season. 

According to a local doctor, the CDC, and other health experts, here are some quick facts about the flu vaccine:

Fact: Last year was the longest flu season in a decade. 

Fact: You can not get sick from the flu shot because it does not contain a live virus. 

Fact: It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus.

Fact: There is no link between vaccines and autism.

To find a local clinic near you that offers the flu shot, visit Texas Department of Health and Human Services website and enter in your zip code.

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