It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to build up and protect against the flu.
Last year's vaccine was 42 percent effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but that number has been significantly lower in other years.
The CDC says that hospitalizations and outpatient visits because of the flu cost people more than $10 billion a year.
"Everyone should get vaccinated every year it's for the best for them and for everyone as a whole", Beard.
And Brammer added that other types of flu are circulating, including influenza A H1N1 and a couple of influenza B viruses.
This is National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec. 3-9), and there is no better time to remind not only older adults, but everyone to get their annual flu vaccine.
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The vaccine is projected to be less effective in preventing the flu, but the department of health recommends getting a flu shot.
Usually, a H3N2 portends a severe flu year, but mild H3N2 years have also occurred, she said.
Each flu season is unique; the timing of the peak activity and how severe a season will be are hard to predict, making it very important to protect yourself against flu as early as possible.
If the numbers are any indication of what's to come, people are in for a bad flu season.
Flu Facts for Seniors People over the age of 65 have an even greater chance of experiencing flu complications. "The highest number of flu-related hospitalizations has occurred among those who are older than 50 years of age, as well as children younger than 5, which are both groups at greater risk of experiencing severe illness and complications due to flu", the health department said in a statement on November 30. Flu vaccines offer lasting protection against the flu for the entire flu season.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say you should be vigilant with washing your hands, avoid touching your eyes and mouth, get plenty of sleep and eat healthy to help give your immune system a boost.