What's Going Around: Doctors recommend flu shots before flu season starts

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2018, file photo, a medical assistant at a community health center gives a patient a flu shot in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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Check your calendars as we look to the month of October, remember that flu season usually starts.

Before you know it, the flu virus will be what's going around, which is why now is the time to protect your family--- and yourself-- through vaccination against the flu.

Medical experts look to the southern hemisphere for a glimpse of what we will face in the northern hemisphere.

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The dominant strain is H3N2. It's severity and complications were bad including people who got pneumonia afterward. The death rate was high too, Dr. Mike Patrick at Nationwide Children’s Hospital said vaccination lowers the chance of death from flu.

“Of all the flu death, 80 percent of flu deaths are among folks who did not get the flu vaccine. Your chances of dying from the flu are much less if you get a flu shot," he said.

It takes about two weeks before you really have good protection against the flu.

The Center for Disease Control recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone age 6 months or older.

Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk of influenza complications, including pregnant women, older adults, and people with chronic conditions.