The Center for Disease Control is recommending everyone get a flu shot.

Fall is a favorite time of year for many folks. The aspen trees, cooler weather, and football are just a few of the faves. It's also a reminder of something not so fun, the flu. The CDC is predicting the 2018-2019 season to be one of the more challenging in recent history.

In Colorado, flu season starts towards the end of October and peaks around mid-February.  Reported cases diminish throughout the spring but the season can last as late as May.

Last year, nationwide over 700,000 people were hospitalized with the flu. Doctors say now it the time to get vaccinated. "You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins," suggests the Center for Disease Control. These antibodies provide protection against the season’s anticipated strains of the flu. This is why people need a flu shot every year because the flu virus is constantly changing.

Remember too, wash your hands frequently and stay at home from work if you're not feeling well. Welcome fall, the flu...not so much.

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