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Flu season hits hard and early

Monday, Dec 30, 2013 - 00:59

Dec. 30 - States across the U.S. are reporting an increase in flu cases. Several deaths have been blamed on the H1N1 strain. Linda So reports.

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The flu season is hitting hard and early this year. The CDC reports close to a dozen states, mostly in the South, have widespread cases of the flu, keeping doctors busy. SOUNDBITE: DR. GERRY CVITANOVICH, SAYING: "We are seeing tons of flu. Our offices are seeing over one hundred patients a day." Texas has been hit the hardest, with several deaths blamed on the H1N1 strain. This year, doctors are seeing even the healthiest of people succumb to H1N1 also known as the swine flu. SOUNDBITE: DR. GERRY CVITANOVICH, SAYING: "People in the young age group between 20 and 40 who normally we would not expect a death from the flu." The good news is there is still plenty of the flu vaccine available. Doctors say it's not too late to get the shot. SOUNDBITE: DR. GERRY CVITANOVICH, SAYING: "Us having widespread flu this early is alarming to me and should be to everyone. Especially to people who haven't been vaccinated yet or to people who are in categories that cause us concern about complications." Flu season typically lasts through February.

Flu season hits hard and early

Monday, Dec 30, 2013 - 00:59

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