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Flu shots available in Valdosta

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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –It's still summer, but flu vaccines are already here.

Some pharmacies in Valdosta are now offering the shots and by mid-week the health department will start administering them.

Health officials say it's not too early to get your shot.

Flu vaccines are already in Valdosta.

"It's warm outside but it doesn't mean influenza's not active," said Brian Patterson, Walgreen's Registered Store Manager.

Health officials say last year's flu season showed how unpredictable the virus can be.

"Usually, we see the flu affect much older people and last year it affected younger people," said Courtney Sheeley with the South Health District.

Manufacturers got the vaccines ready earlier this year so Walgreens pharmacy is already selling them. The South Health District in Valdota starts giving the shots Wednesday.

This year's vaccine contains three different viruses including H1N1.

"It's your first line of defense against the flu to get the vaccine and to make sure you're taking everyday precautions."

With the school year in full swing, it may be a good time to go ahead and get your kids vaccinated. The CDC recommends anyone ages six and up get the vaccine.

"We are seeing a lot more prescriptions come through for children and parents consequently coming in close contact with their children," said Patterson. "They're seeing cold-type symptoms and influenza-like symptoms."

After you get the vaccine it takes two weeks for it to take effect. If you got one last year, you'll need another one this year.

At Walgreens you can just walk in and get the shot. It'll cost you about $30.

Check your South Health District health department to find out if vaccines are readily available.

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