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No soon end to flu season

Albany - The flu is still plaguing Georgians. Health officials says cases of the flu continue to be widespread, but no more than last year.

Some south Georgia clinics and hospitals are reporting 100 new cases of the flu each week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that this may be the peak of the flu season.

District Infectious Disease Director Daniel Staib says people with flu symptoms have flooded health clinics for about three weeks. He says the flu hit later this year which means it could continue into early spring.

"Typically we see a peak somewhere the middle of December. It seems the peak came a little later this year, so I would assume that in the next month or so we'll start to see a decline," said Staib.

Staib says preliminary numbers show this year flu season is no more severe than last year's. The CDC reports that all 50 states have reported flu cases and 33 states have widespread flu activity.

It's not too late to get the flu shot, but it takes about 7 to 20 days to be effective.

posted by kathryn.murchison@walb.com