National Flu Vaccination Week

It's National Flu Vaccination Week and local health officials are reminding everyone to get their shots.

Health officials say the number of flu cases typically peaks in January, so now would be an ideal time for the vaccine.

They say it takes about two weeks to become effective.

Officials say it's important to get vaccinated not only to protect yourself, but also for your friends and loved ones.

"The flu can be spread by a person infected 24 to 48 hours before they're symptomatic, so you can spread the flu around before you even know you have it," SAMC nurse Jan Largess.

To find your nearest vaccine location, you can go to the Center for Disease Control's website.

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