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Where to get your flu shot in Champaign-Urbana

Where to get your flu shot in Champaign-Urbana (WCCU)

Directors at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District say other parts of the world have already seen high levels of flu this year, which determines what kind of a flu season we'll see here.

Public health district directors also say they've already seen cases of flu in the area.

"You know, flu shots are about reducing the severity of the flu if you get a flu,” Urbana resident Dave Bianchi said. “So who wants to have a worse flu?"

Doctors say even though the vaccine is not 100 percent effective, you still should get it as soon as possible.

"The average is about 50 percent,” Christie Clinic Dr. Ben Johnston said. “In the worst of times it can be as low as 20 percent. You should get the vaccine anyway because it decreases all sorts of viral sheading, it helps the community and the 20 percent protection rate is better than zero."

This year is one of the first years a high dose flu vaccine is being offered.

"If you're giving the vaccine to someone, the response to the vaccine is based on how well the person's immune system reacts to it,” Dr. Johnston said. “And that reaction is a function of the person's immune system. So like if you'd had a kidney transplant or something like that, it's not going to respond as well."

This dose is recommended for people who have had cancer, HIV or other immune compromised patients.

Doctors say the earlier you get the flu vaccine, the better, and it will give your immune system more time to protect itself against the virus.

They recommend just about everyone older than 6 months get the flu vaccine, unless you have an egg allergy. When you go to get the shot, doctors will tell you if there is any other reason you shouldn't get it.

"I think it's important to stay healthy and I think a flu shot is one way to do that. And it also protects those with whom you come in contact with."

After getting the flu shot, care givers recommend you continue moving your arm. They say it will help reduce soreness.

For information on local flu shot clinics, please visit http://www.c-uphd.org/flu-clinics.html

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