Doctors at Christus Trinity Mother Frances hospital have already reported 6 flu cases in East Texas this year.

That's why Doctor Dabu Dasputa says getting your flu shot now can save you time and a trip to the hospital.

"Vaccines are available in all of our clinics and we have started giving them. It's better to get them sooner rather than later," Dr. Dasputa said.

He said that other ways you can protect yourself against he flu are making sure you wash your hands routinely and avoid sharing drinks with other people.