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Flu season starts early this year

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that flu season has started a few weeks earlier this year.

Officials say the flu season usually begins in January, but doctors have already seen an outbreak in several southern states including Texas and Alabama.

Experts say it's hard to predict how bad this flu season will be but, in years past when the flu arrived early more people became contagious and got sick.

Since people travel from state to state, more cases are expected to hit Pennsylvania in the near future.

Dr. John Goldman of PinnacleHealth says getting a flu shot now will provide some protection almost immediately and immunity within two weeks.

Goldman says the shot will give someone cover for the rest of the flu season that can last into the spring.

He says the virus can spread easily through hand-to-hand contact and its important for people to wash their hands often during the day.

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