Flu activity is up this year, in an earlier than usual start to the season.
Connie Buecker is with the Hamilton County Health Department.
Connie Buecker, Communicable Disease Control Program Manager says
"Sometimes it may be related to temperatures and the climate from one year to the next."
Connie says they often see cases of the flu outside of the traditional flu season of October to March.
Connie Buecker says "This week begins our real push for flu vaccine in Hamilton County."
Connie says getting the flu shot is the most effective way to prevent catching the flu virus.
The CDC says young children, adults 65 and older, pregnant women, and those with chronic conditions are at higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu.
Connie says most people tend to want to sit back and see how it goes, but that's a real mistake, because not only to people get sick, but there are also deaths from the flu every year.
In Hamilton County there were 8 deaths from the flu in 2014.
Connie Buecker says "I really want to make the case for people getting the flu vaccine."
Some of the most common flu symptoms to look for are fever, cough, sore throat, and body aches
Connie Buecker says "Whether you think it's for you or not, it is important to stop the chain of transmission."
And that also includes things like washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze and avoiding people who are sick.
HAMILTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT