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Health experts: It's not too late to get a flu shot

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ARDMORE, Okla. -- One year ago, flu season was a record-breaker in Oklahoma with more than 200 deaths across the state.

This year, Mercy Clinic in Ardmore has seen a drop in positive flu cases.

"For the month of December, we've seen a little over 30 positive flus," clinic coordinator Clay Roberts said.

Across Carter County, people have been taking advantage of flu shot clinics. If you haven't yet been vaccinated, you still have time.

"It takes about two weeks for the antibodies to build up from that flu shot, so if it peaked in February, you still have time to get the shot," Roberts explained.

While everyone can benefit from a flu shot, certain people are more prone to the virus.

"The most at risk for the flu are children under the age of six and older adults, 65 and older, pregnant women, people that are immune-compromised," Roberts said.

The slow start to the flu season is a good sign, he added, but it can be unpredictable as it goes on. That's why it's always important to try to prevent the illness from spreading.

"The biggest thing that we promote is hand hygiene -- washing your hands, covering your mouth when you sneeze, when you cough," Roberts said. "You can actually spread the flu six feet away from you to the next person."

The peak of flu season is usually from January to March.  Use the tool below to locate a source for flu shots near you:

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