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CDC says flu has arrived hard and early

observerSanta visited Centra Care with what he thought was a cold. Fortunately for Santa, Centra Care physicians completed a rapid influenza test, catching his symptoms early and prescribing anti-Influenza medicine that can considerably shorten the duration of the flu. It’s important to understand, antiviral medication must be taken within 48 hours of the first appearance of flu symptoms.

Flu season usually peaks in January, but just in the last three weeks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have seen a significant increase in flu cases all across the U.S. In Central Florida, Centra Care physicians started seeing flu cases as early as October, and even saw an overall increase of 62 percent in adult cases just last month. [Read full story]