CDC: Flu season is ramping up early, could be bad year

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By Saundra Young, CNN

(CNN) — If you haven’t received your flu shot yet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says now is the time to make sure you’re protected. The agency says flu season is ramping up early this year – for the first time in almost a decade.

According to CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, H3N2 is the predominant strain this year. It’s generally associated with a severe flu season. “The strains we are seeing suggest this could be a bad flu year,” Frieden said. “But this year’s vaccine is an excellent match with the influenza that’s circulating.”

Dr. Melinda Wharton, Acting Director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, says current activity is highest in the South.

“We’re seeing the highest level in the southeastern and south central region of the United States,” she said. “Five states had high levels: Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and…

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