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MADISON (WMSN) -- Flu season is just around the corner, and we're taking a closer look at this year's vaccine.

There are two forms of the vaccine, the shot and nasal spray.

Fox 47 followed one Edgerton family this Wednesday, who are protecting their two little boys from the virus.

"It just felt like water going up my nose, it really didn't hurt," said 11-year-old Nick Hessian.

Nick and his 8-year-old brother Sam are gearing up for this year's flu season.

"It prolly won't happen, and I got a better chance of not getting sick," said Nick Hessian.

"We didn't get it last year cause of the shortage and they never got the flu. Prevention can't hurt is the way I see it," said Nick's mother Kathleen Hessian.

Anyone age two to 50 can get vaccinated with the spray. Doctor Tom Merwin recommends this method over the shot. He says your body responds to the spray better.

"It is a live virus, and you squirt up the nose, it simulates the disease better and multiplies in the body and it causes better protection against the disease," said Dr. Tom Murwin, Pediatrician at Dean Clinic in Stoughton.

The live virus will not make you sick. Whether the shot or spray - the vaccines contain three flu strains. Last year's strain of the H1N1 flu virus is one of them.

Pregnant women, the elderly and those under 18 are urged to get the vaccine.

"Because it comes in the community through the schol systems and a few weeks later the adults get sick," said Dr. Merwin.

The Hessian family feels protected for flu season.

Nick is happy he won't have to worry about calling in for school.

"So I won't get sick or throw up or something," said Nick.

Peak flu season in our area lasts from December through April.

Last year the massive shortage of the H1N1 virus caused many problems, but there shouldn't be any shortage this year.

It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to be effective.

Dr. Merwin says about 36,000 people died in the U.S. from the flu last year.

To find out how you can schedule a vaccine for your family at the clinic, or to find more information, follow this link:

http://www.deancare.com/wellness/flu-updates/index.aspxGetting Ready for Flu Season

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