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Flu virus barreling through NC/SC

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Health officials say flu season is off to its earliest start in nearly 10 years - and it is already shaping up to be a bad one. The primary strain circulating is one that tends to cause more severe illness, especially in the elderly.

But officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the nation seems to be fairly well prepared. More than a third of Americans have been vaccinated, and the vaccine is well matched to the strains of flu so far.

Dr. Charles Bregier with Presbyterian Hospital's Urgent Care says his office is seeing 20 cases a day. Bregier also says the virus didn't start making the rounds until January during the last flu season.

Health officials stress the importance of getting a flu shot if you haven't already been vaccinated.

The last time a typical flu season started this early was the winter of 2003-04.

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