With flu season right around the corner, Franklin County Health Department officials urge people to get vaccinated.

Flu seasons are unpredictable but can begin in October. There were 708 flu cases in Franklin County last season, which was close to the number of cases the prior year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people to get vaccinated each year to prevent the flu.

Moreover, the health department recommends that everyone over 6 months old get the flu vaccine this year, adding that it is especially important for people who are at high risk of developing complications from the contagious respiratory disease.

Flu can cause death, which is why it is very important for people who care for high-risk people to get the shot.

But there are some cases in which people should not get the flu shots. Those include people who have a severe allergy to eggs or egg products; have had a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine; are under 6 months old; or have a history of Guillain-Barré syndrome (severe muscle weakness) after the shot.

The health department provides flu shots Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. No appointments are required.

The health department accepts most insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and self-pay with cash, checks and credit cards. Check the county’s website at www.franklinmo.net. for a list of accepted insurance plan.