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Flu season starts early, strong

3:14 PM, Jan. 9, 2013
The flu virus hit north central Wisconsin early this year, but doctors say it's not too late to get vaccinated.
The flu virus hit north central Wisconsin early this year, but doctors say it's not too late to get vaccinated.
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The current flu season is the most severe the state has seen in the last five years, and it has yet to reach its peak, officials at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services say.

Paul Thomas, a registered nurse and infection preventionist at Ministry Saint Clare's Hospital in Weston, said he saw the first flu case the week of Dec. 15. The next week, that number had jumped to 10. He said mid-December is early to see flu cases, but he isn't concerned about an epidemic.

"It's too early to predict the rest of the season now, but we're seeing a lot of people coming in with symptoms like coughing, fever and ...

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