FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-Flu season is almost here and health officials want you to be prepared, especially after a deadly 2017-2018 season.
"I don't believe I'll be getting the flu shot this season, " said resident Glenn Phillips.
"I get a flu shot every year because the VA gives them out free and all you have to do is walk in and get them and you walk out. it sure beats getting the flu," said Eric Windmiller.
Although some chose to, others say their work requires that they do.
"I have to it for work. Sometimes we get exposed to a few different things and we know we get in contact with a lot of people so it's kind of a safety persecution, " said Aidan Mizzell.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the best way to protect against the flu is to get your vaccinated every year.
"It's important for me because I'm a little bit older and it affects the flu, it affects older people worse than others so I make sure I don't get the flu," said Phillips.
According to the CDC 80,000 people died from the flu in the United States in 2017-2018 season, 181 of them were children.
Although Phillips says he won't get his flu shot this year, he encourages the the young and old to get theirs.
"I hope people do, the older people. The older people gets one and that'll save their health a little bit longer."
If you are considering getting the flu vaccine, the CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get it.
"If they don't feel comfortable with it that's their choice but you know, I think its a good thing to have," said Mizzell.