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Flu season is right around the corner

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A medical practitioner prepares to deliver a flu shot. (Credit: CNN) A medical practitioner prepares to deliver a flu shot. (Credit: CNN)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Even though flu season doesn't peak until January and February, doctors are recommending people get a flu shot soon.

Many pharmacies are already giving shots, hospitals and clinics will being providing the shot in a few weeks. Experts say the shot will cover at least three strains of flu.

Doctors have a simple message for people who don’t get the flu shot: do it for others because you might be a carrier of the flu.

“If you’re around younger children or if you are around older adults, either of the two, who are high risk for getting a more severe version of the flu. So you may not be sick, but you’re getting the flu shot helps protect those who are at higher risk,” said Dr. Nirav Patel, the Chief Medical Officer at SLU Medical Center.

Doctors are recommending patients not to use the nasal mist form of the vaccine because there are questions about its effectiveness.

On October 8, all hospitals in the SSM family will offer free flu shots.

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