Quinlisk continued: "It may not stop every sniffle, but if you're someone who wants to not get seriously ill, doesn't want to end up in the hospital and certainly doesn't want to die, this is a good vaccine to get and to be honest, about the only vaccine we have right now for the flu".
Paulina Rodriquez, infection control practitioner at Abilene Regional Medical Center, said that cases are tracking similarly to past year.
Millions of people have safely received flu vaccines for decades.
"It works more effectively in younger people than in older people, but none the less even if it's only partially effective it's important because even if you get the flu despite getting the vaccine your illness is much more likely to be milder, you are less likely to get the complications", the doctor added.
Indiana's State Department of Health has also reported its first flu death of the season.
Researchers used seasonal flu data to calculate influenza-related respiratory death rates for 33 countries, which together account for 57% of the world's population.
"Unfortunately, we are already seeing some heartbreaking consequences of the flu in IN", said in state health commissioner Kris Box, MD. "Most insurances are paying for flu shots, so it's really not a cost to you".
A large, worldwide survey conducted by the CDC and several of its global health partners suggests that significantly more people than previously estimated die from influenza-related respiratory illnesses each year. Rodriquez said that her own figures show the flu previous year doubled its numbers around Jan 22. "Viruses mutate, we could see different strains here than they saw during their season".
Another study published in the summer of 2016 showed that people 50 years and older who got a flu vaccine reduced their risk of getting hospitalized from flu by 57 percent.
Even though the flu shot isn't as effective this year, Haman still advises everyone in our area to get it.
"The earlier we notice strains of influenza, the better we can combat them", he said.
"Our ER director here at the hospital mentioned to me today that we've seen definitely in the last two weeks an increase in cases", said Christus St. Patrick's Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Timothy Haman.
In addition, you should clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often, especially if someone is sick.