Making sure you're protected against the flu

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Story Updated: Jan 23, 2012

LIVING HEALTHY (WKTV) - The full wrath of the flu season is not expected to hit until the end of February, but there are steps you can take now to make sure you are protected.

Experts say that the best way to stay healthy is to get a flu shot, especially if you are a senior citizen, pregnant, or have a young child.

However, if you choose not to get vaccinated or even if you do get the shot, another easy way to protect yourself is to wash your hands. Remember to use warm water and make sure you scrub your hands thoroughly for about ten seconds.

Experts also suggest carrying hand sanitizer and using antibacterial wipes on shopping carts.

It is also important never to underestimate the seriousness of the flu.

It can be bad. If you are immune-compromised people have died from the flu. Babies have died from it.

"It all depends on how sick you are, how immune compromised you are," says Marina Kistner, a registered nurse. "If you are healthy, it might not be so bad. But I have seen people who are healthy, get the flu and they are stuck in bed for a few weeks to a month."

If you are interested in getting the flu shot, here are some places you can turn:

The Oneida County Health Department administers vaccinations at their clinic on Mondays and Thursdays from 1 pm - 3:30 pm.

You can also check with your doctor or local drug store to find out if they give the vaccine.

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