Pinellas County, FL - The flu season is here and it's not too late to protect yourself.

Fever, body aches, coughing and exhaustion are all symptoms brought on by the flu. The virus can also be deadly.

According to the CDC there are more and more influenza cases each year, and because of its deadly effects, it's critical to tackle the virus before you contract it.

Experts say a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and even though we're entering the peak of flu season in January, theFlorida Department of Healthsays it's not too late to get one.

"Don't skip the flu vaccine just because you think it's too late anytime it the right time," said Maggie Hall, the Florida Department of Health spokesperson for Pinellas County.

So far this year, theFlorida Department of Health has tracked four flu cases.

Pregnant women, young children and elderly people are most at risk. The vaccine provides broad spectrum coverage, including protection against H1N1 -- also known as swine flu.

"With the height of flu season, you want to be ready before it gets here," said Hall. "You want to protect yourself before it's the worst of the year."

If you're scared of the needle, there's also a nasal spray that protects against the virus too.

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