Experts recommend getting flu shot soon for best protection this flu season

Flu season is just around the corner and officials recommend getting a flu shot soon. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – The flu is no joke, and the new season is here.

A common malady that sweeps across the U.S. every fall and winter, the flu virus arrives in different forms and can be deadly.

But there is an easy way to avoid the virus, officials say.

“The most effective way to stop the flu is get a flu shot,” said Scott Pauley of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

Flu shots, available at local pharmacies and doctor’s offices, provide a level of protection throughout the year, said Kathy Coleman, clinical educator at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Ontario.

“Any of the flu vaccines will reduce your risk of contracting it . . .