With the winter approaching, flu season is upon us as well. The best way to avoid the flu is to get a flu shot and many Drumheller residents have.

The flu has been going though our community schools as DVSS had around 100 students that were away from class last week due to illness.

Flu shots are provided by the province at the provincially run flu clinics, but you can also receive a free flu shot from the local pharmacies in the valley.

"The first two weeks we were really busy with the flu shot. It has slowed down since and we are still encouraging people to come out and get their flu shot if they haven't gotten it yet," remarked Pat Doyle, pharmacist with Anderson Drugs.

Doyle says it takes a bit of time before the flu shot is effective. "It takes about a week or two for the immune system to kick in and recognize that flu and build antibodies towards it so it's important that you get it sooner than later."

Doyle hopes they have hit the mark with the flu vaccine this year. You can visit any of the pharmacies in Drumheller to get your free flu shot.

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