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First Wave Of The Flu Season Is here

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By Andrew Reed

(CNN) - Pull out your hand sanitizer and face masks. Flu season is now in full swing and the centers for disease control says the infection is popping up in several states.

Although it is just beginning-- the CDC is already reporting widespread infection rates in several states, including Alabama, Louisiana and New York.

But, Texas has been the hardest hit-- reporting at least five deaths from the h1n1 strain, also known as swine flu.

"The majority of hospitalizations for influenza occur in people 65 years and older and the majority of deaths in that group. But, we know that h1n1, this particular influenza virus does cause more infections in younger adults."

The h1n1 first made headlines back in 2009 causing a pandemic that the CDC says infected 52-million people-- about 24% of the world, 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


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