Undated (WXOW) - It happens every fall as flu season approaches, doctors recommend almost everyone in the family get a flu shot as soon as possible. Of course, not everyone does but experts say now is your chance to get vaccinated before the peak of the season.
Flu Season usually doesn't peak until January, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says this year's flu strains are tough on the elderly and children.
In the last week, flu cases have jumped and those who caught the flu seemed to get sicker than in recent years.
An early jump could be a sign that we are in for a rough season, because health experts don't know if we've hit the peak yet.
Flu shots are recommended for everyone 6 months or older. Symptoms can include fever, head and body aches, fatigue and perhaps a runny nose. In severe cases, the flu can lead to death.