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Aug 29, 2014 5:12 PM by Olivia DeGennaro, KSBY News

Doctor sees spike in summer flu cases, says flu season is here early

Flu season may be arriving early this year. It's not supposed to start until October, but one doctor plans to start giving flu shots next week.

Dr. Jane Sadler said she's seeing flu cases into May and even June. She suspects the flu is becoming a year-round sickness, which is how it's able to perpetuate and come back every year.

She said she's even seen some patients who have gotten the flu twice in the same year. Loli Meadors is one of those patients. She said she thought she had strep throat. She was surprised to find out she had contracted the flu again, although she did catch a different strain of it the second time.

Dr. Sadler has seen a handful of positive flu tests this summer. She said it's highly unusual to get the flu this time of year, and cautions this could be an early beginning to the season.

"What this tells me about the flu season is, get ready here it comes," Sadler said. "School has just begun the kids are going to be closer together. I suspect we may see a resurgence of the flu perhaps in higher numbers than before."

Some pharmacies are already advertising the flu shot as well.

Dr. Sadler recommends getting the flu shot as early as you can. She said studies show the shot could protect you from the sickness for the whole flu season if you get it in the fall.

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