Flu season is right around the corner and people in the panhandle are doing their part to get vaccinated.
Nearly 300 people received influenza vaccinations at Regional West Medical Center's walk-in flu clinic this weekend.
That's on top of the number of people who already received theirs at the multiple walk-thru and drive-thru clinics held across the panhandle.
Immunization Clinic Director Sandy Preston says those who receive flu shots are not only protecting and benefiting their health, but the health of the whole community as well.
"Getting a flu immunization for you and your family helps the entire community because if the flu never gets into the community, no one becomes ill with it and it can't be spread. And again, we want to protect not only ourselves but our most vulnerable people," Preston said.
She says the most vulnerable are infants under 6 months who are too young to be vaccinated, and the elderly, who may not have strong enough immune systems to produce adequate antibodies to fight influenza.
Health centers typically start to see the first flu case around the month of January so there's still time to get vaccinated.