"Flu shots are really for everybody six months of age or older, and they're recommended to be given each year," says Dr. Joseph Bocchini, Chairman of Pediatric Unit at LSU Health.
Dr. Bocchini says everyone needs to get a vaccine every year.
"Influenza is a virus that changes all the time, and the vaccines are made each year to try and cover and protect you against the strains of influenza that are expected to circulate," says Dr. Bocchini.
He warns the flu is a very dangerous virus. You can get other illnesses from having the flu.
"Pneumonia is a serious complication, occassionally there's encephalitis," says Dr. Bocchini. "There's some children and frequently adults who can die from influenza."
At the Caddo Parish Health Unit, health workers got together to stress the importance of getting your flu shot early.
One doctor says the idea that you get sick because of the vaccine, simply isn't true.
"If you happen to get the flu after you get the flu shot within a few days, you were already exposed," says Dr. Martha White.