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Upstate doctors see increase in flu cases

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Doctors urge patients to get flu vaccine. (Dec. 18, 2013/FOX Carolina) Doctors urge patients to get flu vaccine. (Dec. 18, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A cough, body aches and runny nose could be early symptoms of the flu, and Dr. Rico Aragon is familiar with these symptoms.

He's a family physician with Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville. He said he's seen several patients in his office with the flu.

"It's come earlier than we expect, usually we see a peak around January through March," Aragon said.

He said those especially at risk are the elderly and babies, and they need the vaccine and others do too.

"It's not only for you, but it's for the people around you," Aragon said.

According to doctors with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so far this season only 40 percent of people ages 6 months or older took the shot. Doctors said those stats are low and the number of people getting sick is on the rise.

"Well I'm young and think I'll be healthy," Lake Dailey said.

On Wednesday, she said she doesn't get the flu shot, but did once before.

"I don't like needles, for one - and it didn't work for me and I still got the flu. I still got pretty sick, like a few weeks later," Dailey said.

Evan Ross felt the same way. "I've never gotten one. I don't usually get the flu shot," Ross said. "I feel like I'm younger than most people who normally get them."

He said he's usually not around those who are prone to get the flu.

"Some of my friends that do end up getting them, I feel like they end up having flu-like symptoms and side effects," Ross said.

But young or not, Aragon said the shot protects you.

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