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Raging flu season shows no signs of slowing down

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Flu cases continue to surge across the country, with the worst still to come.

The Centers for Disease Control reports a spike in cases over the holidays.

The latest numbers show the flu is now widespread in 41 states, including Alabama.

More than 2,200 people have been hospitalized from the flu, and 18 children have died from complications of the illness.

This early and intense flu season is striking the Tennessee Valley hard as well.

Area doctor's offices are slammed with patients suffering from flu-like symptoms.

Doctors say they are seeing textbook cases of the virus.

The majority of patients are testing positive for Influenza Type-A, but there have been a few Influenza Type-B cases.

Medical experts say the combination of cold weather and holiday family get-togethers could be to blame for the spike in cases.

However, the holidays could be helping to cutback on cases in children.

Doctors at Huntsville Pediatric Associates say they are seeing a 50% decrease in kids sick with the flu, during the break from school.

However, that could soon change as kids head back to school and February looms ahead.

It is typically the month with the most cases.

The good news is this year's vaccine seems to be the perfect match for this flu.

It is not too late to get to the shot, however the supply is dwindling in the Tennessee Valley.

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