October is the time to get vaccinations for the upcoming flu season, according to Joseph F. Miner, director of the City/County Health Department.

Flu season usually peaks in January or February, although last year it hit Utah County hardest in December, Miner said. Flu shots are recommended for children, people over the age of 60 and those with chronic illnesses such as diabetes or heart, lung and kidney disease.Flu shots also are recommended for teachers and for people who work closely with at-risk individuals.

The health department offers a $5 flu shot that provides protection against three flu strains: Taiwan and Shanghai, both type A strains, and Yamagata, a type B flu.

The health department's shot clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and, except on Thursdays, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are not needed.