A Bad Year for the Flu

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BUFFALO, NY - If you see people coughing, sneezing, blowing their noses and complaining of body aches and extreme tiredness, it's a sign the person may have the flu.

Local health officials say the flu vaccine can be a protection. However, the Center for Disease Control has stated that the flu vaccine given this year is a good match to the strains reported, but you can still become ill, it takes about 10 to 14 days after taking the flu shot to get the maximum effect from it.

Dr. Gale Burstein, Commissioner of Health for Erie County, said "we are seeing a lot of influenza. We're seeing much more than we did last year and we're seeing it much earlier in the flu season compared to last year. "

Dr. Richard Charles, a physician with the Buffalo Medical Group told 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing, "we probably are seeing one or two patients a day who have true flu."

At Catholic Health, more and more patients are going to the Emergency Room for flu and flu-like symptoms. A senior official said they have seen a rise in patients admitted for the flu.

Local health officials say the flu vaccine can be a protection. However, the Center for Disease Control has stated that the flu vaccine given this year is a good match to the strains reported, but you can still become ill, it takes about 10 to 14 days after taking the flu shot to get the maximum effect from it.

"There is no reason not to get a flu vaccine. There's plenty of vaccine to go around for everybody," said Dr. Burstein.

While it isn't 100-percent effective, the C-D-C says it reduces the severity of the flu for those that get it.

Remember always wash your hands and if you have to cough or sneeze, use your sleeve or arm, not your hands.

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