That's worrisome to Montana health care officials, particularly in the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The Fairfax County Health Department and Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) have joined forces to offer a series of free flu vaccination clinics at senior centers across the county.
Can a vaccination cause the flu?
Appointments can be booked at public health flu clinics on Vancouver Island. Some of these same groups are also at high risk of complications from COVID-19.
She said the World Health Organization created a vastly different vaccine this year, noting last year's offering was "quite effective".
"We want to see everyone over the age of 6 months get their flu shot before the end of October", said State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry.
The continued coronas virus is expected to be intensified by the flu season, which is just around the corner.
Anderson says it's unclear what kind of impact COVID-19 precautions like mask wearing and social distancing; could have on this year's flu season. "We know people spend more time indoors during the holidays, which are not too far away".
Healthcare workers. Baptist Health requires its employees to have a flu shot unless there are medical or religious reasons why the person can not be vaccinated.
To keep yourself and your family out of the hospital, doctors recommend an annual flu shot for everyone age 6 months or older.
Anderson urges Montanans who haven't already received a flu shot to get one as soon as possible.
In North Carolina, flu infections are most common from late fall to early spring with activity usually peaking in January or February.
Flu vaccine is available from health care providers, local health departments and many pharmacies.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with viruses that cause flu.
According to the CDC, it is possible to have COVID and the flu at the same time, and United Kingdom scientists found that having them together significantly increases the risk of death. And the flu vaccine isn't ideal but studies show if the vaccinated get sick, they don't get as severely ill. For patients experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing), NMDOH recommends New Mexicans get both a flu and a COVID-19 test.
DPH's surveillance for the 2020-21 flu season began September 27 and will continue through late May.