"Healthy people especially need to get the shot or flu mist to protect those where the vaccine doesn't work as well - like people with chronic medical issues such as cancer", he said.
"Get your flu vaccine as soon as it is available each year", says Alison Watson, nurse manager at the Floyd County Health Department.
The CDC recommends that you get your vaccination now, on the eve of the 2018-19 flu season, before it picks up steam in October.
The vaccine takes about two weeks to go into effect.
To bring this number down, people who are more at risk to getting the flu, like the elderly, are advised to get high dosages of the shot.
With the start of fall only four days away, it is time to start thinking about flu season.
"A live vaccine is going to have actual particles of the virus, but it has been reduced down to where it will not actually cause the flu", said Dr. Livingston. A reason why many parents are taking advantage of the vaccination clinic the health department has at provided at area schools. Children 6 months to 4 years of age are considered high risk, since their immune system is still developing.
Vaccines to fight the flu can also protect women during and after pregnancy and protect a baby after delivery, the CDC said. "It's never too early to get a flu shot, as we cannot accurately predict when the influenza season will begin, but it can be too late". One vaccine that's been off the market for a couple years is back this year.
"The flu shot will last through the flu season", Watson says. The peak of flu season comes sometime between December and February, but the season can last as late as May.
All parents have to do is fill out a form and accompany their child to get vaccinated.
"Now if you are over the age of 65, there is something called the high dose flu vaccine".
Though the injectable vaccine is preferred, federal health officials have approved the use of a nasal spray flu vaccine this season.
Another important note, according to Pruitt, is that children age 8 and under may require two vaccinations at least one month apart to achieve immunity. The vaccines we utilize today are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are very safe.