DECATUR-Flu season can hit as early as October. Although it is hard to predict how long or severe the season will be, medical professionals suggest that you should get your shots as soon as possible. At St. Mary's hospital, the flu hasn't hit just yet. Dr. Maria Granzotti says now is the time to get vaccinated. "We will anticipate seeing cases in the next several weeks," Granzotti say. This year, the CDC has a new recommendation that kids ages 2-8 get the nasal spray. At the Macon County Health Department, this year's immunization will protect against four strains of the flu. They haven't received immunizations just yet, but advise parents to get their kids vaccinated because Illinois children die from the virus every year. Seniors this year also have the option of having a "high dose" vaccine designed to boost immunity. Flu shot clinics get into gear as the season approaches. Your first chance to get a shot with Carle hospital is Wednesday. Shots will be offered at the vineyard church on north lincoln avenue. An appointment is not needed. Vaccinations start at nine in the morning.