By Brian Schroeder, Morning Meteorologist-reporter - email
As the weather turns colder we enter what's considered cold and flu season. Typically, there is a three or four month gap marking the end of one flu season and the beginning of another. This year, something different happened. There has been a hospitalization due to the flu every month this year. This doesn't include visits to doctor's offices or urgent care. Those hospitalized are usually in a high risk group, the elderly, small children or people with weak immune systems. Some of those that ended up in the hospital, aren't in this group. With that in mind, now is the time to take steps to keep yourself healthy. It takes two weeks for your body to build enough antibodies to fight the flu, with the peak occurring two months after your shot. That coincides with when the highest number of flu cases occur. That's why it's important to get your flu shots now.