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Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say this year’s flu season is the earliest since 2003-04 and that was considered a severe flu year.
Doctors also say the primary strain circulating now is one that tends to cause more severe illness, especially in the elderly, and they’re urging people to get vaccinated now.
This not only will help keep people from getting the flu, but it will help prevent the spread of the virus from normally healthy people to others who might be more susceptible to it.
The CDC said more than a third of Americans have been vaccinated, and the vaccine is well matched to the strains of flu so far.
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