Hundreds of people are now better protected against the flu virus this year. Thursday is the KELO-TV and Lewis Drug flu shot clinic.
This is a tradition for Darwin and Louvaine Gortmaker. Every year the Marion couple drives to Sioux Falls for the KELO-TV and Lewis Drug Flu Shot Clinic.
"We are getting older. You don't want flu if you don't have to," Louvaine said.
They're just two of the hundreds of people getting either the flu shot or mist.
“The CDC recommends the best way to protect yourself against influenza is to get the flu shot," Lewis Drug Pharmacist Gretchen Schilling said.
One misconception some people have about the flu shot is that it protects against the stomach flu, but it actually helps prevent something more serious, called influenza.
"That's a respiratory illness. It can affect the nose, throat and lungs. It can range anywhere from a mild to severe illness and can also lead to death sometimes," Schilling said.
Another reason to roll up your sleeve is several states, including Minnesota, have already reported flu cases.
"It takes about two weeks for that influenza shot to become active in the system, so the sooner you can get it in the system and working, the better it is for protection," Schilling said.
By getting the shot, the Gortmakers are not only better protecting themselves, but also the people they spend time with.