Fall has arrived and unfortunately that means flu season is not far behind.
The Andrew County Health Department held a flu shot clinic all day Tuesday to prepare for the flu season.
According to the CDC, flu season typically runs from early October through the month of May so local health officials are saying it's best to get treated earlier to help prevent the contagious disease.
Local health officials also say they can't predict when the flu will hit the hardest this year in northwest Missouri.
"They need to get the flu shot taken care of right away. The flu shot typically covers twelve months so it's a full year so a lot of people are afraid to get them too soon but you don't have to worry about that. Anytime in October is perfectly fine and then you'll be protected for the entire year," Andrew County Health Department administrator Andrew Hoffman said.
If you missed out on the flu clinic another one will be held Thursday October 12 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Andrew County Health Department.
Medicare is accepted but card must be present.
For all non-medicare patients the cost is $20.