As the Westcountry basks in prolonged summer, health bosses are urging residents to think forward and protect themselves against a killer winter illness.
A flu vaccination campaign has been launched which aims to get the most vulnerable in the community inoculated against seasonal flu, a condition which can prove fatal.
It comes as a new nasal spray flu vaccine will be offered to all two or three-year-olds.
Meanwhile, this month sees the first time a vaccine against shingles, a painful viral infection, will be offered to people over the age of 70.
Mike Wade, Devon's consultant for public health, which is now part of the county council's remit, urged people to think ahead and get their flu jab or nasal spray.
"Flu is preventable and we can all help to protect people at higher risk of complications caused by the infection," he said.
"I am delighted that the vaccine is now being offered to two to three-year-olds."
He warned that flu could be very disruptive for families and that getting protected before winter could save a lot of heartache.
"If your child gets flu they won't be able to attend nursery or school for several days which may mean parents or guardians are forced to take time off work to care for them." Cullompton GP David Jenner said the flu jab could prevent hospital admissions.
"I fully support the advice from the county council for all eligible people to have a flu jab this year as it helps prevent serious illness and hospital admissions especially for those in at-risk groups," said Dr Jenner, chairman of the Eastern Locality of Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, which buys healthcare on behalf of patients.
Sara Roberts, associate director of public health at Cornwall Council, said there would be a campaign in the county which encouraged people young and old to get vaccinated.
"Cornwall Council's Public Health team are supporting the campaign and are also providing supplementary information and advice about keeping warm and well during the winter, for people attending flu vaccination appointments."
She said flu was a debilitating and "occasionally fatal" condition and that vulnerable groups, including older people and pregnant women, should take up the offer of a jab.
The programme to inoculate toddlers will eventually be rolled out to all healthy school children up to the age of 17, she added.
Last year in Cornwall 72% of patients aged over 65 and around half of all at-risk patients aged under 65 received the flu shot.