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SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) - Before noon on Friday, Dr. Ballard of the Sherwood Family Medical Center had already given out eight flu vaccinations.

"There's been some breakthrough cases. We've actually had a few cases here in the clinic," Dr. Devon Ballard explained. "We're giving [the shot] out to immunize as many people as possible, so the more people immunized, the less that could be infected to give to other people."

Dr. Ballard said the virus usually travels from west to east across the country, but this year seems to be sporadic.

"Parents come see me two weeks after school because their kids go to school, get sick by other kids and bring it home," he added.

When it comes to choosing how you want to be vaccinated, you can go for the traditional injection, or a nasal spray.

"The mist is a little bit better. Has a little bit more protection, over all," shared Dr. Ballard, adding that Flu mist protects you between 80-85 percent from the virus, while the flu shot will only protect 60-70 percent.

Like many illnesses, there are ways to lessen your chances of contracting the virus.
"Wash your hands. You're feeling sick? Cover your mouth, wash your hands before you touch doorknobs," Dr. Ballard suggested.

A few simple steps to help you stay healthy and avoid a week's worth of suffering.

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