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This year's flu arrived early with intense symptoms

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Flu season is in full swing and doctors say it is one of the worst outbreaks in a decade. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, more than 11,000 people statewide have come down with the flu.

Midstaters Liz Yearwood and Krista Shedlosky are part of the statistic.

"I've only ever had the flu twice and that includes this time. I had it ten years ago," said Shedlosky.

"Last time I had the flu was approximately five or six years ago," said Yearwood.

Both women said this time around, the flu was nothing to sneeze at because a lot of the symptoms were worse.

"The cough has just been horrendous. It's really been bad," said Shedlosky. "I had a fever probably Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Probably 5 days."

"Though that maybe I had pneumonia or bronchitis along with it because of the tightening in my chest, said Yearwood. "I was really, really sick. Really sick. Worse than I've ever been in my life."

Although the worst was over, more than a week later, they were still dealing with the effects.

"I still have a little bit of a cough left," said Yearwood.

"I still don't have my energy level back," said Shedlosky.

It is not too late in the season to get a flu shot. In fact, doctors highly recommended it.

This week York City residents will be able to get a free vaccine at the Albert S. Weyer Health Center on W. Philadelphia Street. Walk-ins are available Thursday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.

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