||Flu shot season in full-swing
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) —-This year, when it comes to the flu shot doctors are urging everyone to get in line and receive the vaccine.
"In the past we were more particular about emphasizing the flu shot only for the elderly or those with other health problems," Saltillo Medical Doctor Marcus Ueltschey said. "But, really now we have become much more aggressive to try and immunize as many people of any age, and of any background as possible."
While doctors say the shot is important for fighting the flu, the perception that it keeps people from getting other viruses is false.
"We have had a lot of questions this year about enteroviruses and illnesses that are prevalent in the U.S. right now," Ueltschey adds. "Those are different infections, and the flu shot is not related to those at all."
Doctors say the sooner people get the shot the better. The flu has been making it rounds this year, a little early.
"We do think of the flu season generally from October to May," Ueltschey said. "But we actually saw some patients this year with the flu in July.
That's why the Palmer family is getting a start on their shots. Wallace Palmer is married to a doctor for the West Tupelo Medical Clinic. Wallace sites his wife as the source for keeping their family flu free for 15 years.
"She absolutely recommends it to us each year" Wallace said. "She recommends it not just to us but to everyone we know, all our friends and family. It certainly is worth it."