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CDC: Get flu shots early

The Centers for Disease Control suggests to get a flu shot early. (Source: CNN) The Centers for Disease Control suggests to get a flu shot early. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) – Flu season is just around the corner and already drugstores and doctor's offices have supplies of this year's vaccine. But is it too early to get the flu shot?

Although flu season traditionally lasts from October to May, most clinics get their supplies by early September and have the vaccines ready for patients by the end of the month.

But this year, the vaccines are already out and many people are wondering will they be protected the whole season if they get it early.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the answer is yes.

The vaccine will give you full coverage for the entire flu season. In fact, the CDC recommends that people get their shots as soon as possible because the flu virus can't read a calendar, and this year, there could be early outbreaks.

The CDC suggests that everyone six months of age and older get a yearly vaccine.

As of now, there is very little seasonal flu going around, but health experts say you can never tell when the flu will hit, so it's better to be prepared.

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