Flu cases already popping up in our area

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Doctors say they've already seen a few cases of the flu in our area over the past couple weeks, and are encouraging people to get the flu shot early.

"It's very important to get your flu vaccine," says Dr. Amy Gearlds, who works at Graves Gilbert Clinic's Prime Care facility in Bowling Green.

"It does take about two weeks to be effective, so if you develop some symptoms between the time that it's administered and the time that it becomes effective, it's not usually from the flu vaccine itself," she adds.

Dr. Gearlds says those symptoms could include a slight fever or stuffy nose.

She says at the Prime Care clinic alone, they've already administered 75-100 flu shots for the season.

"It's just too early to tell if the flu that's in the community is going to be covered by the flu vaccine. It's always best to get the flu vaccine in hopes that it will be very covered. We are very hopeful that this year will work well," says Dr. Gearlds.

It's early, but according to Dr. Gearlds, it's not unheard of for the flu to hit our area this time of year.

"It's actually not abnormal for the flu to be present in the community this early. We actually have seen a couple of cases in the past couple of weeks. Flu season typically runs from about October to April or May, but it's not out of the realm of normal to see some cases in September and even later in the Spring," she says.

Doctors say the flu shot is recommended for anyone six months and older.

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