Flu shots help protect us from the highly contagious, debilitating illness that can have severe complications in some portions of the population. Making predictions is typically tricky, but this year saw a record-breaking number of cases in Australia, where the vaccine was only about 10 percent effective against a particular strain of the virus that ran rampant.
The flu usually comes on suddenly and often with a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, and headaches.
"We have probably given an excessive 300 flu shots so far and we still have flu shots", Sheila Hubenka, a TB charge nurse with the health district said.
However, doctors insist we can not underestimate the importance of "herd immunity", and that the shot may be more effective as lessening illness in those who do get sick.
Among health care workers who declined the vaccine, the most common reason is fear of experiencing side effects or getting sick from the vaccine.
Not everyone agrees that the flu shot is one of the best ways to protect families and prevent serious complications, including Dr. Erika Schwartz, an internist and founder of a medical practice in New York City that focuses on wellness and disease prevention.
"Everyone should get vaccinated every year it's for the best for them and for everyone as a whole", Beard. And doctors said getting it done before the holidays would be a good idea.
Children, especially those with underlying health conditions, are at higher risk of severe outcomes from influnza infection.
The number of lab-confirmed cases is up to 304, up more than 100 from last week.
If the numbers are any indication of what's to come, people are in for a bad flu season. The cost of adult flu vaccine is $25.00. But the flu isn't the only risk children face during this season.
Dr. Allison McGeer, director of infection control at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, said lab testing in Ontario is turning up "quite a lot of B isolates, almost as many Bs as H3N2".
Most Oklahoma cases involve those age 50 or older or those four and younger.
If you do get flu, keep it to yourself, Mills said.