Health officials in Maine are bracing for a nasty, and early flu season.
According to the Maine Center for Disease Control there have already been 50 reported cases of influenza in the pine tree state...matching last years total.
Increased cases in this year's common strain, known as H3N2, are also coming sooner than expected.
Typically, Maine's peak flu season is in January. This year, it came at the end of October.
Health officials urge everyone to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible, since it takes about 1 week after injection to become fully protected.
And remember adolescents under the age of 19 are eligible for free or discounted flu shots at a doctor's office or government facility.