Health Officials Advise Getting Flu Shots Early

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(WREG-TV) Chris Laster is one of those people who'd rather take his chances during flu season.

"I believe I never get flu shots, I don't like shots."

Akia James doesn't get the flu shot either.

"I never get sick,"James said. "I'm jinxing myself now."

The Centers for Disease Control urges people to get their flu shots in September. Last year, the CDC reported flu breakouts in September. The outbreak peaked in December.

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Health departments usually start the flu shot campaigns in November, but earlier vaccinations may mean fewer cases of flu.

That gives people a few extra months to decide if the shot is better than dodging sneezes and wiping everything down with hand sanitizer, everywhere they go.

Still, there are skeptics.

"I've always heard if you get the flu shot that you end up getting it anyway."

Nope. The CDC says that's not true.

While some skip the shot, more people trust doctors and health officials.

"Each year I think they really believe in them now, especially when they start talking about different strains," said pharmacist Charles Smith.

Flu impacts people differently depending on age, health and other factors.

It could be fatal for the elderly or people with other illnesses, while for most people, it's a week to ten days of feeling awful.

"It was horrible," said Breon Nance. "I was like hot and cold at the same time. I didn't know whether to cut the air on or the heat on get under the covers, stay away from the covers. I was dizzy. I couldn't walk."

"It was terrible. It sucked. I was throwing up all sorts of stuff."