Flu season is already here and according to what the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have seen so far, this could be a bad year.
The prominent strain so far is H3N2, a strain the CDC says is usually associated with a severe flu season. The CDC's director says that this year's flu shot is an excellent match with the influenza that's going around.
Southern states including Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas have seen the highest flu activity.
Valley health officials say they've begun seeing cases and encourage you to act sooner rather than later.
"It is flu season and it can last up into March and it's best to get your flu shot now rather than wait until January or February. . . Washing your hands on a regular basis is a great way to prevent flu, as well as getting that flu vaccine," says Sydney Elliott, Vigo County Health Educator.
The Vigo County Health Department Clinic has flu shots available for $20 cash only for patients 4 years and older. Call to schedule an appointment at 812-462-3431.