Flu shots are now available in most communities. While it may seem early, the best time to get a flu shot is before flu season happens. People should begin getting vaccinated as soon as flu vaccine becomes available.
More than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year in the U.S. from the flu, including about 20,000 children younger than five years old. While people at highest risk are the very young and the very old as well as people with serious medical conditions, last year’s flu also affected younger and middle-aged adults.