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First For You: Flu strikes in summer months

9:44 AM, Jul 20, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It may be the summer season, but we are not clear of the flu. The University of Florida & Shands says it has seen 10 cases so far this summer.  There have been nine cases of influenza B and one case of influenza A.

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The flu usually sees its peak of cases in February, which is why there is often a push for vaccinations in the fall.  These summer cases highlight the importance of making sure a person is vaccinated no matter what time of the year it is.

"There is a strong message here, get yourself vaccinated . We often find the people who get the flu have not been  vaccinated," said Dr. Mobeen Rathore with the University of Florida & Shands in Jacksonville.

You only need one vaccination each year and you can do it by the nasal spray or by injection.

The symptoms are a fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat, body aches.  If you believe you have the flu, you need to see a medical professional before you get worse or infect someone else.

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