Flu cases are up in North Dakota compared to last year at this time

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There is flu outbreak going on right now in the north eastern part of the state. 

According to the North Dakota Department of Health 122 cases of influenza have been reported this season through out the state. 

Most of the people getting sick are children under the age of ten, this time last year there were only 32 overall cases reported.

The flu reports are coming out of Benson, Ramsey, and Eddy counties. 

If you experience fever, cough, chills, muscle aches or body aches — you could have the flu. 
Doctors suggest you stay home to avoid coming into contact with others.

“If the uptake of the vaccine remains low then there’s going to be more chances for the flu to spread and that will make it a very bad season but if we did mass vaccinations then the influenza will drop down –the influenza cases will drop down really quickly,” said infectious disease specialist Dr. Casmiar Nwaigwe.

Dr. Nwaigwe says the cold temperatures we got earlier this month could be the reason for an early start to the flu season.

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