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Taking Action: Health professionals say, “We expect to see strains of the flu that we haven’t seen in the past”

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - It's what we seemingly talk about all the time as the fall months get closer and closer...flu shots!

"It is so preventable in so many cases and yet it will kill tens of thousands of people every year," said Dr. Scott Harris with the Alabama Department of Public Health.

It's the reminder that never goes away, but for good reason. Those six-months and older are recommended to get the flu vaccine, as well as those with underlying health problems.

"Even if young, healthy people get the flu and they may recover, it's easy for them to infect someone that they care about, someone who may have other health problems and who may really suffer from that," said Dr. Harris.

But how does this year's flu compare to those in years past?

"We don't have any information yet that it's going to be worse, but what we know just about every year is that it's always a little bit different," said Dr. Harris.

Just because you may have gotten the flu vaccine last year, doesn't mean you should skip out this year.

"We expect to see strains of the flu that we haven't seen in the past and that will need a flu vaccine that's different from flu vaccines people have had in the past," said Dr. Harris.

The myth that the flu vaccine actually causes the flu...that's simply just not true.

Dr. Harris says some may feel sick after getting the shot, but in most cases, the flu was already in your system before getting the shot.