Didn't get a flu shot? Here's an option

If you weren't one of the many who waited in line to get a flu shot, but you still want a way to keep healthy this flu season, there may be an option for you.  It's called the flu pill.

It's an anti-viral pill a doctor can prescribe. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the pill is 70% to 90% effective for preventing the illness in healthy adults.

You can also take the pill to treat the flu, if you feel it coming on. It can help reduce symptoms and shorten the duration of the illness.

Dr. Douglas Dixon, who practices in Wilmington, says with the flu vaccine shortage this year, taking the pill makes sense.

"This is an excellent alternative for those who don't fall into that category of getting a flu shot," Dixon said. "This pill is something they can take and have few side effects to. And it will treat the flu when they do get it. So, the recommendation I am giving my patients when I give them these pills is to hold onto them until the flu season peaks."

You can track the progression of flu season by logging on to the CDC's website. Go to www.cdc.gov for more information.

Reported by Sara Straeten