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Fall is fast approaching and so is the time to get your flu shot.

The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which can be spread by coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions.

Anyone can get the flu, but rates of infection are highest among children.

Cindy Belcher, Infection Preventionist at Princeton Community Hospital, said it's not just yourself you need to worry about.

"Especially if you're around older relatives, relatives with underlying medical conditions, if you have a new baby in the house or small children," Belcher said. "If you're pregnant, or gonna be around someone who's pregnant, those are the people who are at highest risk of complications. So protecting yourself also protects those that you care about."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, you should start getting the flu shot as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

Princeton Community Hospital will be offering free flu shots during AutumnFest Saturday, Sept. 29.