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LAS VEGAS - The flu has arrived in southern Nevada, and shots are already available. Flu season usually arrives in October, but this year, the nasty virus showed up a little early.

That's why the Southern Nevada Health District is offering a warning to the public. "We recommend getting the flu shot as early as possible in the season," said SNHD senior epidemiologist Brian Labus.

People in the valley have already been diagnosed with the flu, which is why the health district wants people to get their flu shots.

The good news about the virus' earlier arrival is that it may also wane earlier. Flu season usually lasts about 12 weeks, but Labus maintains the shot will protect people during that time span.

"If you get the flu shot now, it should protect you for the entire season. There's no reason to get a booster shot. It's not going to wear off before the season or anything like that. So if you get a flu shot now, it's going to protect you for a good amount of time against influenza," he said.

Flu shots are available throughout the valley. Prices range depending on where people go. Smith's supermarkets offer shots for $25. People can get the shots at the Southern Nevada Health District and Target stores for $28. The shots are available for $30 at Vons and $31.99 at CVS and Walgreens. Flu shots are available for free until December at various clinics.

Patients are urged to call ahead before getting their flu shots.

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