We just celebrated Labor Day, so it’s understandable if you’re not yet thinking about getting your flu shot. But there may not be a better time than now to get it done.


Story Medical Clinics have received a supply of flu vaccine and you are encouraged – especially if you fall into a high risk category – to schedule an appointment to get your shot as soon as possible. It’s really never too early to get a vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones.


“Flu season typically peaks between December and February, but significant activity can occur earlier than that,” says Dr. Arthur Check, Story Medical Clinic, Nevada. “We are especially encouraging those in high risk categories, including older adults, young children and those with chronic conditions, to get vaccinated now.”


For millions of people every season, the flu can mean a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue and miserable days spent in bed. However, you may not realize that each flu season, flu also causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands or sometimes tens of thousands of deaths.


But there is a vaccine that can prevent flu. While how well the vaccine works can vary, the benefits from vaccination are well documented. Studies show that flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.


This is why CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. Those falling in high-risk categories include young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older and people with certain medical conditions, like asthma, diabetes or heart disease.


“Getting the flu vaccine is simple, and it’s the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family from the flu,” Dr. Check said.


The vaccine is currently available at Story Medical Clinics in Nevada, Maxwell and Zearing. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Nevada Clinic at 515-382-5413, the Maxwell Clinic at 515-387-8815, or the Zearing Clinic at 641-487-7779.