While flu season typically peaks from January through March, the Washington County Health Department is encouraging all county residents to get their vaccinations early.
The Health Department will hold six flu and pneumonia vaccine clinics throughout the county beginning Nov. 13.
"It takes a couple of weeks for people's immunity to build up," said health department Public Information Officer Rod MacRae. "An early vaccination is considered to be your best protection."
MacRae said people can get flu shots anytime throughout the season, but "the earlier the better."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 36,000 people in the United States die every year from flu complications. Most of those who die are older than 65. About 114,000 people each year are hospitalized because of the disease, according to the CDC.