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Flu season sweeping the nation, not too late for flu vaccine

3:26 PM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The flu is proving fatal and people across the country are ending up in the hospital. The good news is that Florida is not one of the top 25 states, yet.

Doctor Mobeen Rathor, President of Duval County Medical Society says, don't wait to vaccinate. The flu season is sweeping the nation and the death toll is on the rise.

Georgia is one of those states reporting widespread flu with more than half of the counties reporting flu activity. In Florida and Duval County, flu activity is much lower.

Rathor, says as more travelers visit the Sunshine State those numbers could skyrocket too.

"We are surrounded by states, Georgia and Alabama, who are in a severe influenza outbreak, so even though moderate we are certainly at risk of having a severe outbreak," Rathor said.

Flu season peaks in January and February. Doctor Rathor says it's not too late to vaccinate with more than 150 million vaccines in the country, with plenty to go around.

We often hear the elderly and very young is most at risk, but Doctor Rathor says the young healthy folks are the ones getting very sick this season.

According to the CDC, the 2009 outbreak infected more than 43 million people nationwide. They say the only way to prevent an outbreak like this once again, is to get your vaccination.

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