Yep, it's that time of year again...except for one thing. "That time of year" seems to be coming earlier this year.

According to a report from WKYT/Lexington, health officials in Kentucky are growing concerned about the upcoming flu season.

It's not unwarranted.

Last year's flu season yielded an epidemic and while this may look, to some, like pushing the panic button, the fact that flu cases have already popped up--in mid-August, no less--has prompted the suggestion.

Experts also believe that we will see a lull from this early surge in flu cases just prior to the traditional season of December-March.

But they don't think waiting until the traditional season is underway is a good idea, since the flu vaccine takes a few weeks to "kick in."

The last time I had the flu, it happened in August. It was many years ago, but it was still August.

Most health officials recommend getting the shots before the end of October. They go on to say that it's possible you can get it taken care of by mid-September.