Pharmacists are urging people to get their flu show now, to prevent the virus from spreading early this year. YNN's Carmella Mataloni has more about the importance of getting your flu shot.
NEW YORK STATE -- Flu season dosen't technically start until December 1. However, experts are urging people to get their flu shut early after last year's flu numbers rose across New York State.
Pharmacists say anyone six months and older should get the shot every year. People younger than five, and older than 50 have the highest risk of suffering complications from the flu.
It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to kick in. Although there are a variety of opinions regarding the vaccine, many people would rather be safe than sorry.
"I figured it can't be that bad if other people are saying you should get it. The doctors all agree that you should have it," said Eileen Trimm, a Binghamton resident.
If you didn't get your flu shot yet, you can either go through your own doctor, stop in a pharmacy that offers the shot, or visit your local public health center.
Even though flu season hasn't started yet, each year is different and a reported case can come in at any time.
If you're feeling sick, be sure to monitor your symptoms. Flu symptoms are much worse than the common cold, and can include a fever more than 100 degrees, body aches, abnormal fatigue, sore throat, and congestion.