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Jan 8, 2013 8:21 AM by Kristen Holloway

Earliest and Worst Outbreak of Deadly Flu Virus in a Decade

There's lots of sniffling, sneezing and coughing going on across the country. Health experts say flu season is here and spreading quickly . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling this the earliest and worst outbreak of deadly flu virus in a decade. The CDC says more than 2,200 people have been hospitalized because of the flu and 18 children have died. Experts says flu cases are widespread up twenty-five percent from just two weeks ago nearly double the number of cases reported this early in January. Flu season usually doesn't start until this time of year after the holidays. However this year's season started in October, the country is now at levels not usually seen until spring.
"Its been an epidemic and its been huge and there've been a lot of admissions from the flu, more than ever," said Pediatrician Dr. David Rosenberg.
Getting the shot wont give you the flu. It's teaching your immune system to recognize the virus as a problem so when it sees it again, it attacks it.
Doctors point out it takes two weeks for a flu shot to take full effect, so it's important to get vaccinated early in the season.

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