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Experts recommend getting flu shots before the holidays

Experts recommend getting flu shots before the holidays



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Local health departments says you should get a flu shot before Thanksgiving to make sure you aren't spreading more than just joy to your relatives.

It was a quick stop for those getting a flu shot at the Utah County Health Department today. Get the shot, rub your arm, and just like that you're on your way.

Many health experts say having the vaccine before everyone gathers together for Thanksgiving is something to be grateful for. Health department spokesperson Lance Madigan said, "Flu's one of those diseases that you're actually contagious before you have symptoms. So besides spreading love and cheer, you're also spreading a virus to those around you."

Madigan does mention, however, that it takes 10 to 14 days for a flu shot to be fully effective, so getting one this week might not protect you during the big turkey feast, but your immune system will be ready to go before Christmas comes and before the peak of the flu season.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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Randall Jeppesen

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