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CDC: Flu season officially underway

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports flu season is officially underway, the earliest start in nearly a decade.

The CDC says the flu is now widespread in 41 states, and 29 of those have reported high levels of flu activity.

Via Christi Hospital says they have tested seven positive cases of the illness.  Last year there were no cases until February.

The CDC says this flu season has started about five weeks ahead of average.

Symptoms of the flu are similar to a cold but with a high fever.  One doctor says if you think you have some symptoms keep away from others.

"If you or your child, somebody your caring for, start showing upper respiratory symptoms it's good to stay away from large gatherings and those type things and again just good hand washing, covering your mouth and nose when you're coughing," says Via Christi Quick Care Medical Director Kent Colthart, MD.

Doctors suggest for those who have not gotten a flu shot to do so immediately.  It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to work.

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