The severity of any given flu season can be difficult to predict, that’s why it’s worth it for those who are able to get the annual flu shot when they become available. 

Some health officials are forecasting a tough season this year because the Southern Hemisphere is experiencing an active season with the H3N2 strain, which reportedly presents with particularly severe symptoms. Influenza activity there is considered by experts as an indicator of what might be heading to the United States.

While there are those who cannot get a flu shot for medical or other reasons, most health experts agree vaccinating against the flu virus is a good idea. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins. CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October.

There is resistance among some to vaccinations — some point to unproven studies that attempt to link vaccines with other illnesses, and others question the effectiveness of the vaccines. But generally it seems it would serve a greater good if those who could would take some precautionary measures and get vaccinated for the flu. 

Getting the flu vaccination would help not only those who get vaccinated from getting the flu — or at least help them ward off most extreme cases if they do become susceptible to the virus — it can prevent the virus from spreading to others. That seems like it’s worth taking a shot.

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