DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The worst flu season to hit in a decade is sweeping through the nation, but at this point, Oregon is one of the few states that hasn't really seen the effects of the illness.
That being said, officials are urging people to prepare now.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu started circulating early this year and it hasn't let up.
Nearly 80% of the country is reporting high numbers of people coming down with the flu.
Local health officials say a few simple habits can keep you healthy this flu season. "The best way to prevent the flu is with the flu shot, and anyone who hasn't gotten the flu shot yet should still go out and get it," said Ethan Connolly, a Douglas County health educator. "Also, washing your hands a lot is a really good way to prevent that."
It's not too late to get a vaccine, as many pharmacies throughout the county are offering flu shots.
As always, Connolly reminds those who are sick that they should stay home to avoid infecting others.