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Health Officials Urge Northern Nevadans to Get Flu Shot

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Flu season is right around the corner and if you haven't already, health officials are asking you to get immunized.

In the past, there has been some concern about getting a flu shot, but Linda Hoover, a registered nurse with REMSA, says there is no reason to worry.

"Many years ago, when we used a live virus, people became ill afterwards. When we went to the dead virus, more people were willing because they were not suffering effects of having the flu shot."

Hoover said there are no effects from a flu shot now days, except for maybe a little soreness in your arm for a day or two.

The peak of flu season is usually between December and February, but it can start as early as October. You can see why getting your flu shot now is a good idea.

I spoke with the Londa Sherman, a receptionist at REMSA in Reno, just after she got her flu shot.

She said she gets one every year because she deals with the public quite a bit.

"It hurts for a second, while she's putting the vaccine in. You don't even have to look at it, you can turn your head. Honestly, it does keep you healthier during the flu season than not getting it."

For more information on flu shots, go to http://www.co.washoe.nv.us/health

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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