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Getting your flu shot could save your life

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Health officials want you to know that flu season is picking up, and getting your flu shot could save your life. A 60-year old woman in the southwest Georgia public health district became the first confirmed flu fatality in the state this season.

Health officials say the current flu vaccine is a great match to the flu strand that killed her and is currently the most prevalent strand in the state.

We caught up with people at drug stores. Some of them get flu shots every year, and others don't think it's necessary.

"I get my flu shot every year so i can stay healthy, feel good, and enjoy life," said Barbara English.

"I get my flu shot because I don't want to make everybody else sick and I don't like being sick either," said Wilbur Williams.

I take one-a-day women's vitamins and they've been doing good. I don't even get a cold during the winter," said Bernice Brown.

Health experts estimate flu complications kill around 30,000 people every year, so they say it's important that we all get a vaccine. Most local pharmacies give flu shots with no appointments.

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