It may still be summer, but some places in Eastern Carolina are already providing flu shots.
K-Mart in Greenville is among the locations we saw currently offering the vaccination, but is it too early to get your shot?
Health care professionals in our area say as long as you have had your influenza vaccine within the last year you should be protected against any current strands of flu that are on the rise.
Doctor John Morrow at the Pitt County Health Department says flu is typically on the rise in October, but it's never too early to protect yourself.
Dr. Morrow says ending the summer with the flu is not out of the question. He says, "The more people you're around, the more likely you are to come in contact with flu. Flu is not just a mild illness you know. Some people get different things that they call flu sometimes, but really influenza is a serious illness. It kills thousands of people every year here in the United States and hospitalizes hundreds of thousands of people."
Morrow suggests that children, the elderly, and anyone with a compromised immune system stay up to date on their vaccinations before flu season hits.