Get your shots: Flu season is almost here!

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding everyone to get a flu vaccine now as flu season descends upon us.

Flu vaccines are widely available across the state and only take a few minutes.

Health officials say to contact your health care provider about flu vaccine locations near you, or visit the Vaccine Finder available at FluShot.HealthMap.org.

‘’Influenza related deaths are tragic and impact families across Tennessee every year,’’ said Tennessee Immunization Program Director Kelly Moore, MD, MPH. “It’s important these families know there are things they can do to keep their loved ones healthy during the flu season, especially getting a flu vaccine.’’

Everyone over the age of six months is encouraged to get a vaccine, but it’s especially important for younger children, elderly people and pregnant women.

Nine children in Tennessee died from complications relating to influenza during the 2014-2015 flu season.

‘’You can’t predict who is going to get the flu; it could be you this year,’’ said Moore. ‘’But getting a flu vaccine is the best tool we have to help protect against the influenza virus. This season’s flu shot and nasal spray vaccines have been updated from last season to better protect against the most common strains of flu causing illness today.’’

Learn more about the benefits of getting a flu vaccine this year at the Center for Disease Control’s website.

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