(Undated) — With the holiday season and colder weather upon us, now is a good time to get a flu shot. According to health officials, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take full effect. Along with getting a flu shot there are some other simple steps you can take to keep everyone healthy including washing your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer. Cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve, and try to avoid touching your face with your hand. When possible, avoid being exposed to people who are sick with flu-like symptoms. Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces, like doorknobs, the refrigerator handles, your phone, and faucets. If you have questions about the flu vaccination, scheduling, or insurance coverage you should call CCHD of visit them on the web at CCHD.net.