LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Flu season has arrived in Central Arkansas, and medical professionals are continuing to urge everyone to get vaccinated. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends you get your flu shot in September or October.
"We never know when influenza is going to start circulating," said Craig Gilliam, Director of Infection Prevention at Arkansas Children's Hospital. He said you can still get the flu virus even after you've been vaccinated if you had previously been exposed to the virus. "It generally takes two to four weeks for the influenza vaccine to work effectively."
At Arkansas Children's Hospital, they've already had three children suffer severe cases of the flu.
"We've already had kids admitted in November with influenza-one to intensive care-and that's unusual," he said. "Generally we don't see influenza in Arkansas until December or even January."
Gilliam and the CDC agree that it's dangerous not to vaccinate.