AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - After last year's deadly season, some local health officials are urging you to start taking precautions to protect yourselves and your families.
You may be wondering if it's too early to get a flu vaccine?
However, both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend getting a vaccine now.
"Now is a good time of year to ask your physician to check your Vitamin D levels, and if they're low there's good supplementation with vitamin D-3 to kind of help raise your vitamin D levels," said Emergency Room Physician David Haacke.
Vulnerable populations most at risk for coming down with flu should get the vaccine as soon as possible.
These groups include young children, people 65 or older, women who are pregnant, and people who have underlying illnesses.
"The flu vaccine can give your body additional defenses against the flu," said Haacke. "That way, if you do get the flu it may not last quite as long."
According to the CDC, last year's brutal flu season was the worst for kids, with 179 dying from flu-related illnesses.
"Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and make sure to get plenty of rest," said Haacke. "Stress is another thing that can diminish our immune system and make us more likely to come down with the flu."