LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - From coughs to runny noses, the flu is no joke. Now flu season hasn't officially hit but before you know it , you will be hearing those sneezes and coughs. Allergy specialist Dr. Brian Humphreys said that the 2014-2015 flu season might actually be mild compared to last year. However, doctors are unable to predict the season until it actually hits, but they are able to predict what strains will lurk around.
"In Texas we are probably going to have the H3N2 virus like we did in 2012, see the virus tend to recycle," said Humphreys.
He said the H1N1 is the worst strain out there but luckily doctors don't predict a H1N1 season for Texas. He further explained that the Center for Disease Control predicts that the H1N1, also as the a strain, will most likely hit the west coast. He advises that you should get the influenza vaccine even if you received a shot in 2012.
"It's also wise to get your vaccines early before the shortages begin," Humphreys said.
He said that shortages have been common the last year or so because fewer companies are actually producing the vaccine. So come mid September, when the vaccine becomes readily available, the young, the old, and those with a weak immune system should be at the front of the vaccine line.