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Doctors: Now Is The Time For A Flu Shot

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Flu season hasn't started yet but there are already reported cases of it in the Upstate. 

Dr. Vidya Ajaradder of Doctors Express in Greenville says now is the time to get vaccinated.

"I would recommend to all my patients this is the time to get it," said Dr. Ajaradder. "We already have the flu vaccine now."

Tim Groves, President of Doctors Express says they have plenty of shots on hand.

"Really now is the best time to get it, cause then you know you're protected for the season," Groves explained. He says Doctors Express was invited into local Walmarts in the coming weeks to make sure more people get the message. 

Upcoming Dates
-Sept. 30, Walmart on Woodruff Road

-Oct. 1, Walmart on Wade Hampton Blvd in Greer

-Oct. 3, Walmart in Powdersville

-Oct. 4, Walmart on Pelham Rd.

Last flu season, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control reports more than 1700 people across the state were hospitalized as a result of the flu. 46 people died.

At the CVS Minute Clinic in Mauldin, Family Nurse Practitioner Todd Chesney says it's best to get vaccinated early in the season.

"We had a pretty significant flu season last year and I think there's a heightened awareness about the need to get a flu shot this year," said Chesney. "It does take a few weeks for the flu shot to build up antibodies in your body to fight off the flu, so now is a good time to go ahead and get your flu shot especially with confirmed cases already in the area."

Typically the peak season is in January and February. DHEC says last year, it peaked earlier than that.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and up get vaccinated.

The Buncombe County Health and Human Services is holding community flu vaccine clinics. Click here for more information.

The Haywood County Health Department is holding flu clinics in October. Click here for the details.

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