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"We're still in the early stages, but that doesn't mean people shouldn't get a flu shot", said state Department of Health spokesperson Kim Deti. "With Christmas coming up, lots of people have other things on their mind, so it's a good idea to get it done before you get caught up in the holidays".

Of the 3,000 vaccines Public Health bought this year, 334 are still available. And Dr. William Schaffner, who is involved in the CDC's flu surveillance network in Tennessee, has noticed cases of influenza picking up "dramatically" in the last week. Second, the recommendation to NOT use the nasal spray vaccine has been renewed this year - only injectable flu shots should be used for all populations.

Health officials are already warning that this flu season could be a bad one. "Now is the time to get prepared", she said. Among the most vulnerable are young children, older adults and people with chronic illness.

In Ohio, 35 people have been hospitalized, but flu typically peaks in January.

In one month, the levels of flu went from mostly sporadic in December 2016 to widespread in almost every state in January 2017. "It's just important for people to recognize that they're starting to feel sick and that it can be very serious if you don't do something about it".

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While the focus on immunization is not necessarily new, there are some new developments and recommendations for the 2017 flu season.

Glaser isn't sure why there were so many cases of the flu here last season, but said severity fluctuates from year to year.

One high-dose version contains four times the usual anti-flu ingredient, while a competitor contains an extra immune-boosting compound.

And for kids between the ages of 6 months and 8 years who are getting a first-ever flu vaccination, they'll need two doses a month apart.

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