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Health Officials Suggest Flu Shot Before Peak Season Hits

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Health officials are urging people to get their flu shot as the prime time for the flu season quickly approaches. Health officials are urging people to get their flu shot as the prime time for the flu season quickly approaches.

KENNEWICK, WA - Health officials are urging people to get their flu shot as the prime time for the flu season quickly approaches. Especially in light of the flu-related death of a Tri-Cities area woman.

If you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, now is the most important time to get it. The flu season is ramping up and the health district says the peak of the season hits in January and February.

One death was reported within Benton and Franklin counties earlier this month. Studies show an average of 23,000 people nationwide die from flu-related causes every year.

Experts also say there's a higher risk of getting the illness over the holidays when people are visiting with large groups and raising the chances of exposure.

"The holidays where they're around a lot of people, a lot of other family members, this is a chance to protect yourself from being exposed to the flu or from potentially exposing others who might not be able to get immunized," said Dr. Amy Person, Benton Franklin Health District.

Anyone older than six months can get vaccinated. People who are at high risk for the flu include children under the age of five, people over 65 and pregnant women.

People can get the vaccine at the health district, several local clinics and pharmacies or from your family doctor.

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