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Delmarva Tackles The Flu

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DELMARVA - We're hearing so many warnings about the current flu season, and rightfully so, since experts say it could be the worst year in nearly a decade.

Salisbury mother Ebony Johnson says she's not worried about the flu, despite warning's from her doctor.  Nationwide, more than 2,200 people have been hospitalized and 18 children have died.  Dr. James Cockey of the Wicomico County Health Department says "the difference this year is that influenza is starting earlier than in previous years," though there's no definitive reason for this.

In Delaware, over 440 cases have been reported, which is up significantly from the same time in recent years, and 59-percent of adults over the age of 50 who reported flu symptoms have been hospitalized.  U-S-A Today mapped out flu reports across the nation, but Maryland is oddly blank, but Dr. Cockey says it's only a matter of time before the state starts seeing the flu's effects.  "It's just starting here and you'll look at those maps in a week or two and Maryland's going to light up."

When it comes to battling the bug, of course, there's an app for that!  With Facebook app Help I Have The Flu, you can find out which of your friends are infected, and who to avoid, but most medical professionals agree on the best way to help prevent the flu.  "What people should be doing and should have been doing since late August is getting the flu shot," says Dr. Cockey.

It takes two weeks for the shot to kick in, which is why it's so important to get vaccinated sooner than later.     

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