Get your flu shot, the earlier the better

Local health care workers are reminding residents that it’s never too early to get flu shots. According to Tarrant County Public Health, it takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to take full effect.

Flu is a contagious disease caused by the influenza virus. It can be spread by coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions. Symptoms usually come on suddenly. Key indicators include fever, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, headache, body aches and extreme fatigue.

Good hygiene is the first step in stopping the flu.

Fortunately, people can get flu shots at many local pharmacies and supermarkets, as well as public health centers in Tarrant County.

Everyone six months of age and older should receive a shot. It’s especially important for people at risk of severe influenza, including children under the age of 2, people more than 65 years, pregnant women and people with chronic conditions.

Here’s what you should know for the 2017-2018 influenza season.

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