CDC: Flu spreading quickly, could be severe

Flu season is here and the Centers for Disease Control predicts it will be a bad one compared to years past.

Emergency rooms across the country have seen twice as many people coming in with the flu compared to last year.

The CDC said it expects to see an increase in the number of flu illnesses and deaths in the coming weeks, as more travelers make their rounds for the holidays.

Currently, Indiana is experiencing a moderate level of flu illnesses. 

While neighboring Illinois is seeing widespread activity, causing a number of school closings in the Chicagoland area.

The CDC is urging everyone six months and older to get vaccinated.

Although, the center said the vaccination doesn't protect against all strains of the flu virus.

The CDC said staying healthy this flu season involves a three step approach.

First getting vaccinated. It's not too late. 

Next , take every day steps to stop the spread of germ -- such as washing your hands.

Finally, take medications to treat flu symptoms when prescribed by a doctor. 

Indiana's first flu related death came last week.

The victim was older than 65 years old, in the high risk category.

She did not get a vaccination.
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