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Good Question: Why does it seem there are so many cases so early this year?

The typical flu season runs from early October to February, right now the numbers are up and its still early.

A warning Tuesday from health officials- get your flu shot and get it now.

Good Question: Why does it seem there are so many cases so early this year?

This time last year H1N1 was on the radar for everyone.

The illness dominated the headlines because so many people were coming down with it.

This year it isn't H1N1, but rather the good ole regular flu that seems to be on the rise.

The Centers for Disease Control reports sporadic flu activity across much of the country, states in the southeast have seen an increase including parts of Kentucky.

"There have been an increase in flu cases that have been scene in the state of Kentucky,"said registered nurse, Laura Pace.

Fayette County Health Department officials say there have already been 38 confirmed cases of the flu in Lexington so far this season.

"That is an increase for the month of November, normally we don't see cases in November or we may see just one or two," said Pace.

In 2007, there were only two cases at this point and there were no cases at the same time in 2008.

Last year's numbers were much higher due to H1N1.

The Fayette County Health Department says the numbers may be high simply because people are more aware of the symptoms and are heading to the doctor sooner, which is a good thing.

Something else people are doing getting their shot.

"We roughly see around between five to 15 people a day that come in to get their shots," said Pace.

As for H1N1, the CDC says its still circulating, this year's flu shot includes a vaccine for H1N1 as well.


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