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CDC warns of possible rough flu season

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The CDC warned Thursday this could end up being a rough flu season.

Health officials said they are seeing a mutation of the flu called Flu A in schools and nursing homes in South Georgia.

The CDC said because of that mutation and only 48 percent of recent cases match the strains of the flu in this year's vaccine.

But that doesn't mean you should forgo getting a flu shot.

"It is still very good to go ahead and get your vaccine. Even the vaccine can help with even with the mutated strain. If you get the flu and you have the vaccine in you, you'll likely have a less severe illness,” Jacqueline, Epidemiologist.

Health officials also remind you to practice good hand washing hygiene and proper sneeze and cough etiquette.

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