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Already Some Flu Activity in New Jersey

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. October 3, 2013

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Even though the weather is unusually mild, some flu activity is already being reported in New Jersey.

State epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan says there is a low level of influenza-like illness throughout the Garden State, but that doesn’t mean it will be a severe flu season.

“Sometimes you might have early activity that peaks early on in the flu season. Sometimes it might happen a little bit later. Sometimes there just might be some ongoing activity throughout the season. So unfortunately we can’t really say what our season is going to be like.”

Dr. Tan says flu activity might increase when the weather turns colder and people spend more time indoors.

 “That potentially is an issue about people being in confined spaces where they’re cramped up with other individuals and there that there is a possible risk of transmitting disease simply because people are in close quarters all the time.”

Dr. Tan says the earlier you get a flu shot the more protection you’ll have.

 “The strains that are covered in the flu vaccine this year are a little bit different from last year. This year there is actually a vaccine that covers four different types of seasonal influenza virus so this can afford even more protection.”

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