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CDC sees spike in flu activity

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WASHINGTON, DC -

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is tracking a spike in flu activity across the United States.

We're talking about influenza, which is characterized by fever, chills, aches and upper respiratory symptoms like a cough and runny nose.

"The Friday after Thanksgiving I had a cough, then a fever at 103 three days later. I was out of work for about three days," said Dr. Shelle Barber, who knows firsthand how bad the flu can be.

"I did have the vaccine, I had the quadrivalent vaccine, so I was a little disappointed, but that doesn't mean not to get your shot. It can make it less severe if you have your vaccine," Dr. Barber explained.

One-fifth of the cases she treated last night were flu cases. Although it's still possible to get the flu even if you've been vaccinated, doctors and health leaders say it's less likely. Also, the flu shot isn't just for your benefit.

"We have to remember, we're not only protecting ourselves, we're protecting those around us, especially babies under six months and the elderly," said Rose Mary Bennett, public health official.

It's the type A flu that's making the biggest spike. Type A is known as the least pleasant of them all.

"Anytime you have flu you're pretty sick, but a lot of people say flu A is worse because it's upper respiratory. People tend to get more pneumonia with it. The fever is a little higher. They just feel worse in general," said Dr. Barber.

The CDC advises that anyone six months and older who has not gotten a flu vaccine this season should get one now.

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