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Updated: 01/17/2013 08:00:03AM

Got the flu? You’re not alone this year

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Christmas for many people in Southwest Florida and the New Year isn’t offering much respite from an unusually active flu season.

Doctors offices, hospitals and Polk County Health Department officials all report an uptick in flu cases. Of the 18 children who have died with flu-like symptoms so far across the nation two were from Florida and one lived right here in Polk County. “It is not too late to get vaccinated against the flu, and we encourage anyone age six months and older to get a flu shot,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “Influenza A is the most common flu type in Florida this season and is countered by the vaccine.” The Centers for Disease Control reported in December that the 2012-13 flu season, which typically doesn’t begin until after Christmas, had its earliest start in 10 years.

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