While the peak of flu season may not be until February, Dr. Frank Welch with the La. Department of Health and Hospitals says you need to get them now, before you get bitten by the flu bug.

"We are starting to see flu activity around the country and around in the southern states start to pick up earlier than we have in the past," says Dr. Welch.

Dr. Welch points out that getting the flu shot is especially important for pregnant women, adults 65 and older, children under the age of five and people with chronic diseases. But, generally, the flu expert says everyone six months and older should get a flu shot.

Dr. Welch adds that the flu should be taken seriously, because it can kill you. "The flu does kill about 30,000 to 35,000 Americans each year," says Dr. Welch.