Flu season underway

By WEEK Producer

October 22, 2013 Updated Oct 22, 2013 at 9:32 PM CDT

EUREKA, Ill. -- Doctors say now is the time to get your flu vaccination as this month marks the beginning of the flu season.

Advocate Medical Group in Eureka held a walk-in flu vaccine clinic on Tuesday.

Physicians say everyone over six months of age should get the vaccine, and that because the flu season is unpredictable, it is important to get it early.

"Wanted my flu vaccine as soon as it became available. It takes about two weeks for it to build up in your system so you can be protected," said Dr. Carl-Ray Rhoden.

There is no supply shortage of the general flu vaccine.

But some county health departments are experiencing a shortage in a particular flu vaccination given to children 6 to 35 months old.

"We just haven't been resupplied by the state. But that is temporary and we plan to be resupplied some time by the end of November," said Trish Cleary of the McLean County Health Department.

You can also check with your private pediatrician's office to see if they have the infant children flu vaccine.