COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Flu season isn't far away and while health officials say it's too early to predict what we're in for they are urging you to get a flu vaccine now.
"Some years the flu season starts early, as we saw last year with an early start in a lot of cases in December, and some years the flu season starts late," said Dr. Mary DiOrio, state epidemiologist at the Ohio Department of Health.
This year you can get a flu shot with the traditional three strains of vaccine or you can get one with four.
"We have a high dose flu vaccine that's available for older individuals and then a flu vaccine that has a smaller needle and that's available for individuals ages 18 to 64 years of age. Then there's the nasal method," she said.
Flu cases really start to increase around October, peaking in the winter, but DiOrio says the virus is always circulating.
DiOrio says there is plenty of vaccine available this year. She adds that you can't get your flu vaccine too early.