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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- With flu season just around the corner, the Centers for Disease Control is encouraging every one over the age of 6 months to get a flu shot.

Many are worried if that get it too early, they won't be protected for the whole year.

"They use to say around October end of September to get your flu shot but now they recommend whenever it's available," said pharmacist, Brian Oholendt at Gibson's Pharmacy in Jonesboro.

He said they have been giving out flu shots over the past few days.

"There's not really a flu season anymore, it's basically year round," Oholendt said. 

He said the flu shot is effective for a year. This year there are more flu shots available than ever before and 20% of the vaccines will protect against four types of flu. Oholendt said they carry the trivalent vaccine.

"It covers the three most common strains of the flu," he said. "There is also a flu mist which a nasal flu vaccination, it is a live flu on that one, a lot of times it's easier for the children to receive that one."

Oholendt said a lot of people avoid getting the shot because they are afraid of getting sick.

"I don't want to get the flu vaccine because it got me sick or I've gotten it before than I got ill and you know we just recommend what the CDC recommends," Oholendt said.

The CDC recommends everyone over the age of 6 months receive a flu shot.

According to the CDC, over 150 kids died of the flu last season and most of them weren't vaccinated.

"If you do get the flu it will lessen the severity and symptoms and hopefully it prevents you from getting it altogether," Oholendt said. "I'd rather be protected than not."

Oholendt said they are giving out flu shots all season long at Gibson's Pharmacy and you don't need an appointment.

This year, those getting a flu shot will be able to choose from over a dozen different vaccines, including some available for the first time.

There will be shots injected in the arm and vaccines sprayed into the nose. Some of the vaccines protect against three strains of flu and others that protect against four.

At least 154 children died of the flu last season, according to the CDC. Most weren't vaccinated.

Veronica Smith talks to a local doctor about the right time to get vaccinated. 

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