In less than thirty seconds your body could be spared from the fever, chills and nausea that can come along with the flu.
“When you get the seasonal flu shot, which I recommend everybody doing that, they get that protection from that particular strain of the flu.” Senior environmentalist for area ten Cyndi Tereszkiewics said.
Cyndi says this year there has not been a large outbreak, but that doesn't mean it won't happen.
“They have seen an increase in flu like symptoms, so it is on the increase.” Tereszkiewics said.
Officials say the biggest misconception when you get a flu shot is that you can get the flu from the actual flu vaccine
“It is a dead virus so they cannot get sick from the actual flu shot.
What happens is people will take a flu shot and get sick, but they might have already been sick before they actually got the flu shot.” Tereszkiewics
This isn't the only kind of virus officials are warning the public about.
Surrounding counties have cases of West Nile virus in humans, but officials say there are ways to prevent that.
“Anything that will hold water, drain it.
Your bird baths, empty them at least twice a week. Any flower pots, dog’s water bowl, clean your gutters.” Environmental supervisor Doug Turnbull said.
Turnbull says so far there haven't been any positive cases of West Nile virus in Houston County.
“I'm not aware of any positives of West Nile in any humans in Houston County so far. Mobile County, Montgomery County has been a hot spot and a few in Jefferson County.” Turnbull said.
But whether it’s the flu or West Nile, Turnbull says...
“Prevention is your best policy.” Turnbull said.
A policy Turnbull and Cyndi will continue to promote.
If you still haven't gotten a flu shot, the Houston County health department will be open Monday thru Friday from eight to three offering 5 dollar flu shots.
But, you have to make an appointment first.