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IMPORTANT: Doctors warn you should get your flu shot much earlier this year

IMPORTANT: Doctors warn you should get your flu shot much earlier this year

It's only mid-September but some doctors are already seeing cases of the flu. While the flu season usually starts in full force in December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many doctors are urging people to get flu shots by October at the latest. The concern comes after last year's flu season was so severe. The CDC reported at least 180 children died last year due to the flu.  Not only were there flu deaths, but tens of thousands of people had to go to the hospital.  Channel 2’s Carol Sbarge looked into what the expectations are for this upcoming season. 'It's always hard to predict but this is possibly going to be a rough season,' pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Shu told Channel 2 Action News. TRENDING STORIES: Katt Williams claims local radio host's husband pulled gun on him at comedy club Georgia middle school principal killed after tractor overturns into pond ‘We should just burn it down': 30 brown recluse spiders found in Georgia home Typical flu symptoms are high fever and a dry cough that come on suddenly. Doctors say you can help prevent the spread of flu by good hand-washing, getting the vaccine and staying home if you're sick.  The vaccine could take another month or two for the antibodies to fully develop after the shot. That is why doctors told Channel 2 getting a shot in the next six weeks is key. “It’s recommended everyone get the flu vaccine before Halloween. That’s easy for parents especially with kids to remember. So don’t get trick-or-treating unless you’ve gotten your flu shot,” Shu said.

Suspect arrested in deadly hit-and-run involving elderly woman

Suspect arrested in deadly hit-and-run involving elderly woman

Police arrested the driver accused of hitting a woman who was walking to a shopping plaza in Gwinnett County. [READ MORE: Elderly woman killed in hit-and-run ID'd, police searching for U-Haul] Lawrenceville police said 51-year-old Leonard Decouto was driving a U-Haul when he hit and killed 79-year-old Tran Hong. The crash happened at Johnson Road and Daniel Lane on Sept. 10. A neighbor told Channel 2 Action News he is sad for the Lawrenceville woman's grieving family. He said he saw Hong twice a day during her walks. TRENDING STORIES: Katt Williams claims local radio host's husband pulled gun on him at comedy club Georgia middle school principal killed after tractor overturns into pond Looking for a job? UPS is hiring 100K workers for holiday season

A Federal judge rejects paper ballot effort for 2018 Georgia election 

A Federal judge rejects paper ballot effort for 2018 Georgia election 

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg denied a request for an injunction that would have forced the state’s 6.8 million voters to switch to hand-marked paper ballots.

GOP advice with 7 weeks to Election Day – “Do the basics”

Facing a recent series of polls which raise questions about their majorities in the both the U.S. House and Senate, senior Republicans are counseling their colleagues to stick to the basics in their Congressional campaigns for November, especially urging them to emphasize economic growth under the Trump Administration as a reason to keep the GOP in charge on Capitol Hill.

“Our economic progress has America in the best economic condition it’s been in for decades,” said Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), who heads up election efforts nationally for House Republicans.

“The economy is booming, our policies are working – what’s not to like [More]