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Flu season is upon us; hundreds are getting the vaccine to stay healthy

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DURANT, OK-- No one likes being sick or coming down with the flu.

So in the hopes of keeping everyone healthy, the Choctaw Nation and the Bryan County Health Department decided to offer free flu shots today.

The event is known as "Bryan County's Drive-thru Flu Shots". It's an easy way for drivers to get their vaccine and keep on going with their busy day.

"I had the flu once and once was enough for me. And I took a flu shot ever since," Christine Armstrong said.

Getting your flu shot couldn't be any easier.

"I didn't have to get out of my car, and it didn't take ten minutes out of my day," Armstrong said.

Tuesday, Texomans pulled up to the Bryan County Fairgrounds in Durant to get the flu vaccine. And they never even left their car.

"It's very good. Everyone should come out and get a flu shot," Armstrong added.

Flu season is just starting and nurses said it could last between now and next March.

"Unfortunately, every year there are people that die from influenza. And again vaccinations are one of the most important things that you can do," public health nurse Melissa Locke said.

In the past, nurses said patients used a nasal spray but said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ruled it not very effective.

"They've determined the last few years it's not as effective as the injectable version. And so CDC has actually stopped recommending the nasal mist," Locke explained.

Drivers zipped through the lines and were able to get back to work or home without sitting in a doctor’s office.

"I usually get one every year, and I thought well they're giving them free and it's my birthday and I'll just go get it done," Paul Payne said.

So it's not too late to get your flu shot. If you'd like to find out more information about the vaccine just click here or visit your local health department.

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