Typically, most influenza B activity occurs toward the end of the flu season, but last season saw very little influenza B activity and was marked by two waves of influenza A, the first from 2009 H1N1 and the second from H3N2.
The current affordability of the flu vaccine is due to the World Health Organization's (WHO) connection with various regional flu vaccine manufacturers, the study noted.
Scientists found that the flu vaccine triggered effective immune responses in people living with HIV who were taking ART and in whom HIV was entirely suppressed.
Louisiana and Puerto Rico remain "hot spots" for the flu so far this season, but Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas also reported "local or sporadic activity".
Other preventative actions include washing hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based sanitizer when soap and water is unavailable.
She said it's important to get the shot to protect family, friends and neighbours, especially people aged 65 and older, children and pregnant women.
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The Rhea County Health Department will provide flu shots November 19 at no cost to anyone who wishes to receive one at the DeliMart in Evensville from 8:30 a.m.to 2:30 p.m.
The flu vaccine is also available through health care providers and more than 500 pharmacies around the city.
The flu virus spreads mainly by droplets made when infected people cough, sneeze or talk. "In addition, vaccinations lowers the severity of the illness, complications and protects the community".
"Part of it is because if you think about how a virus like the flu moves, it moves from person to person", Pedati said.
The CDC said it's too early to characterize the timing of the flu season or predict what strains will dominate and how severe illnesses will be.
The average time for manufacturing vaccines and ensuring their availability in the market is approximately 2 years, although flu vaccines are launched in the market in a period of around 6 months. Free flu shots are also available at Sierra College and the upcoming Mountain Mandarin Festival.