TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- You may have found yourself in the same situation as Chris Bradshaw -- coming down with the flu even after getting a flu shot.
"Usually, it's not that bad. I had it last year. This time, it feels a little better than last time. I got a flu shot this time, but...," said Bradshaw.
According to one doctor, this season is a little different than most.
"Well, the flu season has been fascinating because we thought we had a vaccine this year that was the best we ever had for the flu we were seeing early in the flu season. But now, it looks like there is another strain that's not in the vaccine. And that might be the reason we've had such an explosion of flu cases in Mississippi," said Dr. Edward Hill.
Hill also said complications that stem from the flu are what make cases so severe.
"The problem with the flu is not the flu. It's complications from the flu. So when you have people dying during a flu epidemic, it's usually from pneumonia secondary to the flu or other chronic conditions. The other thing is we must emphasize it's not too late to get a flu immunization right now because our flu season might not peak till February or March," said Dr. Hill.
It's only the beginning of January, and Bradshaw found himself like a lot of folks: sick.
"I woke up the other day and felt really bad. I went to the doctor, and he gave me some meds. Then, he sent me back home, and I'm just trying to take it easy," added Bradshaw.
Besides rest and medicine, doctors recommend liquids and chicken noodle soup.