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Flu season is upon us
Although it flu season is just beginning there are already widespread infection rates in several states including Alabama, Louisiana and New York.
That's according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Texas has been the hardest hit-- reporting at least five deaths from the H1N1 strain, also known as swine flu. H!N! first made headlines back in 2009 causing a pandemic that the CDC says infected 52 million people-- and may have killed hundreds of thousands worldwide. Health officials say if you haven't gotten a flu shot, you still can.
"Every formulation of vaccine that you can get this year will protect against H1N1 and it will also protect against other influenza viruses that we think are circulating."
Health experts say there are other simple steps you can take to stay healthy. Wash your hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes and, if you're sick, stay home.
The CDC says it expects this flu season to peak in February.