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Late season flu surge in St. Louis region

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A medical practitioner prepares to deliver a flu shot. (Credit: CNN) A medical practitioner prepares to deliver a flu shot. (Credit: CNN)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Overall it's been a mild flu season, but health officials in the city and county say they've been seeing a late season surge.

One reason it was considered a "mild" flu season is that the flu vaccine that thousands of people got last fall was considered effective. They reformulate the vaccine each year. The Centers for Disease Control says the surge is not just in the St. Louis area, but in several parts of the country.

The flu summary update from the CDC gives each state a color. It shows that Illinois, and other states in yellow have what is considered "local" reports of flu cases. Missouri and the other states in brown have "widespread" cases.

It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. The flu can happen year-round, it's just more prevalent during the winter months. The recommendations in the spring are the same ones from the fall: wash hands, take precautions, see the doctor and stay away from others if symptoms are present.

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