According to, experts say it’s still not too late to get the flu vaccine, even as a dozen states battle with widespread outbreaks.

The CDC says that this year’s flu strains are expected to be mostly similar to last year’s, when the vaccine was 39% effective (a tad behind recent historical norms).

The widespread medical consensus is: Get vaccinated, just in case, since for the vast majority of people there’s no medical or financial downside and plenty of public health upside.

You can still get the current season’s flu vaccine. In fact, you can probably get it for free, either through your employer’s health care program or with insurance at clinics at retail pharmacies like Walgreens and CVS.