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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Unpredictable, intense and potentially deadly:  that pretty much sums up 2013's flu season.  As we approach peak time, doctors are urging people to get their flu shot.

There are two types of vaccine, Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Pedro Piedra said.  One is administered in the arm and the other in the nose.

The Centers for Disease Control say most people will be protected by the vaccine, but it is possible you can still get sick.

"It may already be brewing in your body, not from the vaccine but because you've been exposed to it and so you see that a lot, especially during this time of the year," Piedra said.

That's why people are often afraid to get their flu shot.  They are convinced it will trigger the actual flu, but doctors say that is definitely not the case.

What is possible is you could have trouble filling your prescriptions during one of the worst and most aggressive flu seasons.

"Let's say you go to a particular pharmacy and that particular day, they might be out of Tamiflu because there may be a lot of prescriptions," Piedra said.

He added Texas is one of 47 states where the flu is considered widespread.

Aside from sanitizing and wiping down commonly used areas or surfaces, doctors say your best bet is to get vaccinated, even if it means dealing with the common side effect of a sore arm.

"If you want to remain healthy, the vaccine is your best bet to getting infected with influenza."

The Food and Drug Administration is also reporting they've received reports of sporadic shortages of both the flu vaccine and flu treatment.  Here in Houston, that is not the case.

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