Did you get your flu shot yet? You might want to consider it. The Center For Disease Control says this season could be a doozy when it comes to getting the flu!

Flu season is off to its earliest start in a decade. Officials say that flu cases have jumped in 5 states already and the primary strain tends to make people sicker than other types.

Advice from experts? Get the vaccine now. But if shots aren't your thing, the CDC says there are a few ways to try to hold off the flu on your own.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.