Flu shots available now

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Flu shots for the upcoming season are now available — and it’s not too soon to get one.

A person develops antibodies to fight the flu a week or two after getting the vaccine. Experts say getting the shot now will protect you from this year’s flu strain all season, which runs from October to May.

For the first time in three years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is giving the green light to the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine, saying tests show it will be effective against this season’s strains.

Last year’s flu season was the second deadliest in Pennsylvania on record, with 256 deaths and more than 120,000 cases reported.

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