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Colds and flu are all around you in the wintertime. Every year, between 5% and 20% of the population gets the seasonal flu. That’s as much as 1 in 5 people.

Most people who get the flu are sick from 3 days to a week. Some people with other health conditions, like heart and lung problems, can have serious complications. And pregnant women are at higher risk for complications from flu too.

A flu vaccination is the best protection you can give yourself against the flu. Flu vaccine is safe and effective. Vaccine is available in grocery stores, pharmacies and at your doctor’s office. It’s not too late to get a flu shot. The flu season in North Carolina typically hits its peak in February. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about the flu vaccine or visit flu.nc.gov to find a flu vaccine clinic near you.