TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Area pharmacies are already preparing for flu season.
Peak flu season is typically between December and February but you can get your flu shot now.
CVS Pharmacy in Terre Haute is already advertising while the Vigo County Health Department plans to have the vaccine on hand soon.
Vigo County Health Department Educator Roni Rozina says, "We've actually put in our orders for our flu vaccine to come in so we shouldn't even have ours till the end of September, maybe mid-September."
It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to get into your system and start working. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you get vaccinated before the end of October.
The CDC has also approved a nasal spray version of the vaccine. It has not been available in past years because it was thought to be less effective. Some say this version could be more convenient for patients.
Gary Richards, who gets a flu shot each year, says, "Well, it might be. Some people don't like shots so that would be an easy way of doing it."
The health department will not offer the nasal spray but you can call to set up an appointment for a shot or call your doctor to get the spray.
Rozina says, "Last year's flu season was pretty bad and so this year we just want to make sure that people are getting vaccinated, making sure they're washing their hands, staying away from people who are also sick."
The CDC says everyone six months and older should be vaccinated each year. The nasal spray is approved for people between the ages of two and forty-nine who are not pregnant.