(CNN) – We may have one more month of summer left, but families should already be thinking about the flu.
The flu is lurking. Although influenza activity is low right now in the U.S., flu outbreaks will usually begin as early as October.
That’s why public health officials are urging everyone 6 months of age and older to get a flu shot beginning in early September.
The Center for Disease Control says, the earlier you get inoculated the better, because the flu shot will cover you throughout the season, which traditionally peaks in January to February, but many times can stretch to the month of May.
According to the CDC, for this flu season, manufacturers have projected they will provide between 153-158 million doses of vaccine for the U.S. market. In fact, at least two major manufacturers have said they’ve already begun to ship their supply.
You should be seeing flu shots available in doctor’s offices, pharmacies, and even grocery stores within the next few weeks.