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Topic - Laurie Folano
This year's start to the flu season is the earliest in a decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, setting off a wave of doctor visits in mostly Southern states from Louisiana to Virginia that have been hard hit. Although the early onset doesn't necessarily portend an epidemic, medical professionals say this year's strain is particularly severe.
"Last year, it was a slightly earlier peak and a quick peak, but I wouldn't say it was completely abnormal," she said. "I'd say in general to be prepared for a typical flu season we hope for the best and prepare for the worst."
"Nationally, levels of flu activity have been elevated for probably three weeks," she said.