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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – So far, so good when it comes to the flu.

Its been a slow start to this year’s flu season. Only one new influenza case was reported this past week in St. Louis County, for a total of four since the middle of September.

So far Missouri health officials report only 30 cases statewide.

Dr. Harry Leider, Chief Medical Officer for Walgreens, said that is why it’s smart to get your flu vaccine now.

“If you get vaccinated now you are protected before the season really gets rolling,” he said, adding it takes two weeks to become fully protected once you get the shot.

Last year’s flu cases in St. Louis peaked in December, earlier than usual, and caught many people unprepared and without their flu shots.

“It snowballed because so many people were not protected,” Leider said.

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