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This Week is National Influenza Vaccination Awareness Week

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Flu season is upon us and getting in and health officials say getting vaccinated could be a big help to yourself and others.

December 8-14 is National Influenza Vaccination Awareness Week.

It's a friendly reminder that it's not too late to get vaccinated.

Health officials say that so far this year influenza activity has been pretty mild for the majority of the county, and in many communities the flu virus has shown up mostly sporadically.

Experts warn that it usually picks up after Thanksgiving, making now the prime time to get vaccinated.

"We're just getting to the peak and so it takes a couple weeks to protect yourself. So really it's a good time right now to get in and get your flu vaccination," said Two Rivers Health Department nurse Marsha Carlson.

Flu season typically runs from October through May, and generally peaks between January and March.

Normally, about 5 to 20 percent of the US population will get some strain of the flu every year.

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