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Flu Coming Home for the Holidays

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Kennewick, WA- Health workers in the Mid Columbia say get ready for at least one unexpected and unwelcome guest at the Thanksgiving table: the flu bug.

 Heather Hill at the Benton Franklin Health District says chances are good that one of your children or grandkids, or that visiting relative from across country will be carrying the flu bug, and she says it takes about a month for the flu vaccine to reach its peak effectiveness.

   If you haven't been vaccinated, it's time," she says.  "It's definitely time right now to get that vaccine on board so your immunity is at peak levels when all the flu activity arrives in the Mid Columbia."

 Hill says children can carry and spread the flu virus for a week before they even show symptoms, so she says the best strategy is to get every child in your family vaccinated before they can bring the flu bug home from school.