There are already reports of kids at school and people you work with suffering from the flu. However, the CDC is saying this year's flu season is off to an early start.

The good news is that health officials have confirmed that the flu vaccine, many have received, is well matched to the viruses that are hammering people and making them sick, but they're not sure how bad it will be.

This season's main flu bug is a nasty one as it tends to cause more hospitalizations and even death and the vaccines tend to not work as well against this type of flu bug, according to the report.

Those living in New England could be in good shape....at least for now.

Many southern states, like Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi, have reported a widespread flu activity. In New England, Massachusetts has reported and pretty bad spread also.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of adults getting vaccinated against influenza in 2017 has actually dropped about 3.7-percent which means about a third of children and adults are protected.

The report goes on to share that just one-third of pregnant women have received a flu shot this year.

Doctors still promote the importance of 'herd immunity' and that a shot may be more effective as lessening illness in those who get sick easily, have weakened immune systems, or those who simply cannot get a flu shot due to medical reasons.