She adds, even though the virus is spreading earlier than usual, it's not too late to get the flu shot if you'd like to get one.
"I'm originally from the West, and there's already been a huge spike in hospitalizations out there for influenza", said Tadolini, a native of Colorado. He said that last flu season, there were 15 flu-related deaths in Wyoming, mostly among older residents.
The 2016-17 flu season saw 87 fatalities, including two children. A year ago in intensive care units in Wales there were 74 patients with confirmed influenza.
6, 2017 Discontinuation of the pain-free nasal spray flu vaccine hasn't led to a drop in childhood influenza vaccination - at least not in Oregon.
There are no other big changes this year, but Dr. John Eichenlaub, medical director at Women & Babies Hospital, wanted to address one issue in the news recently: "Headlines from a small study suggesting a slightly higher risk of miscarriage in early pregnancy in women who received a specific strain of flu vaccine two years in a row". "This is an unfortunate reminder that influenza can be a very serious illness, especially in adults over the age of 65".
"The influenza virus changes regularly and vaccine protection fades over time, so if you are in a risk group and had the vaccine last year, it is still important to get vaccinated this year to protect yourself. There are people out there who, for medical reasons, true medical contraindications, can not have a flu shot, and so when we protect ourselves, we're also protecting them".
The remaining vaccination strategy might come with a sting, but "parents and providers should be more concerned with the effectiveness of a vaccine than with how it is administered", Robison said.
"That's a myth. The immune system is going to respond to the flu shot, so you might wind up with a sore arm or mild symptoms, but you won't get the flu", she said.
Flu vaccines also are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies.
Tadolini said it takes about four weeks for the flu shot to build immunity to protect a person. If the person touches eyes, nose or mouth, the virus can get into the body and make the person sick. But over the past few decades, doctors have been consistent with their message - getting the flu shot is the best way to avoid getting sick over the winter months.