LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - People are lining up in record numbers to get flu shots.
At The Little Clinic inside Kroger stores on Thursday, more than 3,000 patients were treated. Half of them were there to get the flu vaccine.
"It came up early, and it's been a stronger, more virulent virus," said Tim Pruitt, Regional Clinical Director of The Little Clinic. "People are sicker this year than we've seen in probably a decade."
It takes two weeks to get full immunity after the vaccine is administered. "If you're somebody that hasn't had the flu shot and you're exposed, you can get antivirals so you don't get sick" Pruitt recommended.
The CDC reported on Friday that the flu is on the decline with fewer hard-hit states. Since the flu peaked early, however, there is concern that there could be a second peak later in the season.