Medical experts say a high number of cases are already being reported.
Two separate sets of twins are taking steps to stay healthy.
8-year olds Melveena and Angelina, and 15-month olds Madison and Halle are all fighting the flu.
“We got them their shots today so hopefully they’ll stay safe,” parent Kelly Pineda said.
“Everyone should get it,” parent Georgina Lipsey said.
And that’s what doctors want.
This week, they’re reminding patients about the importance of being vaccinated.
This year, they say is especially important.
Experts are predicting this flu season to be worse than last year.
“And it may be one of the worst in the last few decades,” Dr. Carlos Rodriguez said.
Doctor Carlos Rodriguez says medical experts in southern states are concerned because the number of flu cases is unusually high.
“Usually the peak of the flu season is mid-winter. We’re not there yet and we’re seeing a significant rise in the number of patients with the flu,” Rodriguez said.
The flu is an infection of the respiratory system that causes fever, coughing, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, chills, fatigue and body aches.
In most cases symptoms can be treated at home; but for high-risk patients the flu can be fatal.
The good news is this season’s vaccine has been effective.
That’s why Dr. Rodriguez says get the shot.
“The sooner the better.”
Georgina Lipsey and the girls agree.
“This is just another form of protection so I say anything you can do to help and help your kids go for it,” Lipsey said.
Once vaccinated, it takes up to two weeks for you to be protected.
Flu season began in October and continues through April.