Health care workers are still finishing up rounds of back to school immunizations but for everyone else, it's already time to start thinking about flu vaccinations.
"Does it seem a little early to be talking about it? Yes it does, but I understand it, because I work in a preschool and kids are always coming up with something."
In the world of epidemiology, waiting won't work when you're trying to beat the bug. The Centers for Disease Control has this season's vaccine ready to go, all three of them in one dose.
And just like last year, pharmacists are already making them available at clinics all over central Indiana, hoping for a repeat of last year's flu season.
"Last year was relatively mild compared to the year before. The year before of course was the whole issue with swine flu, standing in line for the shots," Dr. Carey Vigor said.
That's because there were shortages in the winter of 2009. The good news, no expected shortages are looming on the horizon this year, which appears to be shaping up a lot like our last cold and flu season.
"The key to that is getting immunized early. it will take about two weeks once you get your vaccination for your immune system to set up," Burand said.
Once you have your vaccination -- an injection or flu mist -- you're covered for about nine months. The season generally lasts from November through March.
In Indianapolis last season, the peak came in January with just a little more than 6,000 reported cases of flu. The numbers steadily declined to 300 in April, according to the Marion County Health Department.
Vaccinations are available at your family doctor's office or through organizations like the Visiting Nurse Services. As of last year, even your pharmacist can give you one, in addition to the nurse practitioners at the drug store clinics.
Visiting nurse services has its first drive through clinic of the season starting Friday from 6-9 a.m. and again from 4- 6 p.m. at the Franciscan St. Francis health center on South Emerson Avenue on the south side of Indianapolis.
The Marion County Health Department will also offer flu vaccines, but it is not starting the clinics as early as the retail industry. It will offer them starting this fall.