The Center for Disease Control has suggested that people get their flu vaccination by October 1, which would normally mark the beginning of the season.
However, Shannon Pediatrician, Dr. Christina Sherrod has already seen six cases of influenza so far.
The flu vaccine is a dead virus that’s injected into the body that is designed to protect against flu viruses and comes in three strings, trivalent, or four strings, quadrivalent.
Dr. Sherrod personally believes this early arrival may be a result of recent natural disasters, such as the many hurricanes, and an abundance of people travelling.
Medical specialists suggest that anyone six months or older get the flu shot every season, which takes about seven days to take affect.
Shannon Pediatrics will host a Walk-In Flu Clinic from 9 am to 4 pm at 225 E. Beauregard from October 3-5.
An adult flu clinic will be held at 120 E. Beauregard from 9 am to 2 pm. on October 7 and October 21.