Should I Get a Flu Shot?

With the flu season hitting hard, people who passed on getting their shots before are scrambling to get immunized now. Still, lots of people have questions about flu shots.

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    With the flu season hitting hard, people who passed on getting their shots are scrambling to get immunized now. Still, lots of people have questions about flu shots. Doctors say it's still not too late to get the vaccine. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Beverly Hills for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Jan. 14, 2013. (Published Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013)

    The battle over whether to get a flu shot seems to have no end, but doctors in Los Angeles say this year could be one of the most important years to get that shot.

    "Anybody who works around groups of people, your chances of getting the flu are very high," according to Dr. Edgar Chavez, of the Universal Community Health Center.

    Other doctors say anyone who does get a flu shot, helps everyone else who doesn't.

    "If you protect the majority of the population, you are protecting those who don't get vaccinated," Dr. Chavez said.

    There is a problem, though. Because the vaccine takes two weeks to kick in, it's possible it may be too late for some.

    "We're getting close to that point," according to Dr. John Foster, Sunset Walk-in Urgent Care. "I think the sooner you can get it, the better."

    Getting it, Foster said, is safer than not.

    "Even if you get the shot right during the flu outbreak, even if you get sick you'll still get some increased immunity from having had the shot," according to Dr. Foster.

    "I have two kids. I don't want them to get the flu," according to father, Stonacy Garry. "I try to make sure my whole household have flu shots."

    On Tuesday Garry brought the whole family in for their check-ups, and got good news. Everyone's healthy, for now.