According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this year’s flu season is off to an early start. According to the CDC, the prime flu season runs from October to April. Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas experienced high flu numbers this past week. Also, most doctors’ visits this past week were scheduled for either flu-like symptoms or flu vaccinations. Thomas Frieden, CDC director, says that so far 112 million Americans have been vaccinated. The most effective way to prevent flu season’ speedy approach is to simply get a flu vaccination. For those unable to get their flu shot- make sure to wash your hands, exercise regularly, eat healthy foods, keep hands away from the face, and reduce alcohol consumption (WebMD).