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Flu Cases On The Rise Earlier Than Usual, CDC Reports

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The latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows flu activity rising around the country, including along much of the East Coast. Twenty-nine states and New York City are reporting a high rate of influenza-like illnesses, especially for this time of year, which is relatively early in the flu season.

CDC officials believe the flu activities could continue for a few months more. 

The overwhelming number of cases reported are influenza-A, which tend to be more severe with a higher number of hospitalizations and deaths. The CDC is recommending people get vaccinated against the flue asap, and those in high risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms should also consider taking anti-viral medication.

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