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"Influenza, which people often call the flu, is sometimes confused with the common cold, the stomach flu (norovirus) or other illnesses caused by a virus", said Dr. Rakel Kling, Medical Health Officer.

Director of Nursing Karen Brown says it's hard to predict the severity of each flu season.

With flu season likely to ramp up at any time, health officials are recommending flu shots for everyone 6 months and older. For that reason, health care officials are encouraging everyone to get flu vaccinations now.

"The CDC and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology still recommend pregnant women get the flu shot", Longenberger Warunek said. Some vaccines are made with inactivated flu viruses and therefore are not infectious. "Getting a flu shot is quick, easy, and not only protects you, but also those around you". (Some male doctors are surprisingly squeamish, she jokes, as are some people with elaborate tattoos who are no strangers to getting poked with needles).

However, it is never too late to receive a flu shot since flu season can last into May.

CDC does not recommend use of the nasal spray vaccine again this season since a study a year ago showed that it was not effective in preventing infection when compared to the injection.

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Locally, flu activity this year has been described as sporadic, however, state epidemiologist Zack Moore, MD, says the number of cases should begin to increase in the coming weeks. You also can find a place to get vaccinated athttps://vaccinefinder.org/.

What do flu shots cost? .

Flumist, the nasal pump spray, is no longer recommended for anyone because it's inefficient in delivering the vaccine, according to the CDC.

Even North Carolina First Lady Kristin Cooper joined in with the encouragement, asking residents to be proactive and get their flu vaccination.

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