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Preventing Seasonal Flu

While getting your flu shot can play a big role in keeping you from getting sick, everyday prevention is key.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Seasonal flu activity is starting to pick up across the country. While getting your flu shot can play a big role in keeping you from getting sick, everyday prevention is key.

"Right now, we have low prevalence in our community, but it's just a matter of time before those numbers rise," said Karen Watts, Freeman Infection Prevention Officer. 

The spread of the flu virus can come from anyone. 

"It just takes one sick kid going to school and spreading that virus to a couple other friends, the flu virus itself can take someone down five to seven days," said Watts. 

Doctors say you can still get the flu even if you got a flu shot.

"It takes two weeks for your body to amount an immune response to the flu vaccinations. So the earlier you get your flu shots, the better protected you will be," said Watts.

There are some other flu prevention tips to remember.

"If you yourself are sick, try not to sneeze or cough on other people, make sure you wash your hands frequently if you are out shopping or running daily routines," sid Watts.

Medical professionals say flu prevention makes their job easier.  

"Healthy happy people are what we strive for. So if we can get more people vaccinated against the flu, the less threat there will be on the population for the Four State area," said Watts.

Doctors recommend anyone six months old and older to get a flu shot.

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