Friday, December 25, 2015 02:00 AM

GET YOUR FLU SHOT BEFORE THE FLU IS WIDESPREAD: CDC

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although relatively few cases of flu[1] have surfaced so far in the United States, health officials expect activity to pick up in the next few weeks, so everyone who hasn't gotten a flu shot[2] should get one now.

"So far, influenza[3] activity this season has remained low," said Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist in the influenza division at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We are seeing a mix of flu strains[4], but activity is still low, so it's a great time to go out and get vaccinated if you haven't yet," she said.

This year's slow start to the flu season isn't unusual, Brammer said. "It feels a bit unusual because the last three years were early years, but this is sort of typical," she explained. "The majority of flu seasons peak in February."

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