It's flu season, but not to late to protect yourself

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Grand Strand doctors are seeing an increase in flu cases, which is expected as February is the historical peak of flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  The good news is that it's not to late to get a flu shot or use other methods for keeping yourself well.

The flu shot takes approximately 14 days to be in full effect.  That timing brings us into the height of the season, so there's no time to delay.  If you're interested in getting a flu shot, call your doctor, or visit one of the local drug stores offering the vaccine at your convenience.  Locally, Walgreens and CVS take walk-ins or you can make an appointment online to lessen your wait.  Rite-Aid also gives the shot, but they only accept walk-ins.

To learn more about the flu vaccine, including who should get it and how it works, have a look at this Q&A resource from the CDC.  And if you've chosen not to get one or find yourself in the two-week wait for it to become effective, check out these tips, also from the CDC, for lowering your risk of getting sick.

You can read more about the flu's presence in Horry County in this WMBF article.

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