Doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it's not too late to get a flu shot. The flu season has started relatively slow this year across the country, but that's expected to change in the coming weeks.
Flu activity has been higher in the south, especially here in Texas. The CDC says this year's flu vaccine mix seems to work well against the type A and B strains of the flu found in the United States.
Influenza kills about 36,000 people and puts another 110,000 in the hospital every year in the United States. Flu shots are encouraged for people at high risk of complications from the virus, including the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. The CDC also recommends that health care workers or household members who may spread the flu to high risk people get flu shots.