FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) --Flu season has arrived, bringing new recommendations and a stronger vaccine designed to protect your family.
"The vaccine we're giving today is four strains, meaning it can potentially protect you against four strains this year. It's a pretty high number compared to other vaccines that are three," said Leticia Berber, Department of Public Health.
On Tuesday, Fresno County kicked off the first of 17 flu clinics it will hold this season.
"Flu season peaks around February, March, and it ends around May. So this is a perfect time to get your vaccine," said Berber.
Some parents may be disappointed this season that the nasal spray vaccine is not being offered in Fresno County-- instead, your only option is the needle. Cindy Mounier of Auberry doesn't mind-- in fact, she prefers getting a shot in the arm
"I don't like how it feels I guess. I would rather deal with the shot, get it over with one shot instead of dealing with the mist."
Health officials said the vaccine is the best defense against the disease and its potentially serious complications. Last year Fresno County reported five flu-related deaths
"If something can be prevented with a vaccine we're here to provide that," said Berber
Health experts say it takes about two weeks for the protection to develop after the vaccination. Protection last several months and even up to a year.