Doctors already preparing for flu season

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It may seem early, but doctors are already preparing for the 2015-2016 flu season.

While some people spent Labor Day at a cookout or on the lake, others used the holiday to get a flu shot.

Novant Health PrimeCare in Greensboro is already administering the vaccine.

"The old rule was you just waited late so your immunity didn't run out. Now, the rule is as soon as the flu vaccine is available you should get a flu shot,” Dr. Sloan Manning, medical director of Novant Health’s urgent care and express care, said.

An early flu season typically begins October/November and can peak between December and February.

However, the Greensboro facility had a case just last week.

“This flu case was in a daycare worker, so I'm hoping that doesn’t mean anything, but now would not be too soon to get a flu shot," he said.

Manning emphasizes getting the appropriate vaccine.

There is a high-dose vaccine that produces the best immunity for seniors — people age 65 and older.