It's something you hear every year - get your flu shot!
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) puts out shot recommendations every year, including a variety of shots for different groups of people. For example, there's a higher dose shot recommended for folks 65 and older. There's also an egg-free vaccine for people who might be allergic to eggs.
"They should talk to their doctor about whether the flu shot is right for them, whether they've had a reaction to it in the past, and whether they have any medical conditions that wouldn't be safe to give the flu shot for," explains Dr. David Priest, Medical Director for Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship at Novant Health.
Dr. Priest says most people can tolerate the flu shot and says it's one of the best ways to prevent contracting the virus. He says kids under 8 should get 2 shots before flu season and adults should get one every year because the virus changes so quickly.
Last year more than 200 people died from the flu in North Carolina and Dr. Priest says it's better to be safe than sorry.
"Influenza can be devastating," he says. "And I think sometimes people forget that."
Check with your doctor, your local health department or your pharmacy about getting a flu shot. Flu shots are easily accessible and a lot of times they're inexpensive or free.