MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Medical experts say it's an important step in the fight against the flu. We're talking about the flu shot.
The Madison County Health Department will conduct a flu shot clinic for most of the day on Tuesday October 14th.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they've already seen activity in Alabama, North Dakota, and New Hampshire.
Seasonal flu activity can go from now through as late as next May.
The CDC says the timing of the flu is very unpredictable and can vary from season to season.
Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States between December and February.
It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection.
There are several opportunities this week in Madison County to get the flu shot.
The Madison County Health Department will offer flu shots during a clinic Tuesday at the Health Department Annex Building on Max Luther Drive.
The clinic is scheduled for 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
People who want to participate should bring their driver's license or other form of identification and an insurance card. Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross and Blue Shield are among the accepted insurance providers.
Nurses will also offer flu shots on Wednesday, October 15th from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Madison City Hall on Hughes Road.
The next clinic will be Friday, October 17th in Huntsville from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The last flu clinic will be Monday, October 20th in Madison from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
It should be noted that getting a flu shot doesn't guarantee you will avoid getting the flu, since there are many different flu viruses and the vaccine protects from about three or four of the most common ones.
Health experts especially encourage the most susceptible people to get the shot, including young children, pregnant women and older people.