Health officials urge everyone to get a flu shot

The peak of flu season has arrived earlier than expected.
It's flu shot season and local health officials are urging you to get one.

The peak of flu season usually hits around late January or early February, but this time around it has arrived earlier than expected.
 
Heath officials say some of the symptoms include coughing, fever, runny nose, and body aches.

The prominent strain so far is H3N2, a strain, health officials say, is usually associated with a severe flu season.

Dr. Claudia Jonah with the Kern County Health Department, says there is still plenty of time to protect yourself.

"Influenza can be deadly and this is something where there is prevention available for it. So, it's extremely important to get that prevention on board because it's a very sad thing when someone gets severely ill or dies from something that there was a large prevention tool available to them," said Jonah.

By 2020, U.S. health officials want 80 percent of the population to get yearly shots.

Nearly 200 high school students near Knoxville, Tennessee missed school this week after coming down with a flu-like illness. Classes were canceled county-wide.

School closures due to the flu have been reported in other parts of the country, like Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control, say it's not too late to get a flu shot, as this year's vaccine seems to be on target with the circulating strain.
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