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Doctors: Flu vaccines still effective as number of illnesses increases

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Doctors still recommend the flu vaccine for those who have not gotten one, as the number of positive flu cases increases around the nation.

"Last year at this time I hadn't seen this many," said Dr. Kurt Harding at Doctor's Express Urgent Care in Greenville. "So it makes me think we might be in for a rougher season."

Harding said in the last 10 days, he has seen 12 to 15 cases of the flu, and that's a moderate amount.

"It's not too late to get the vaccine. I would recommend up to February," he said.

The Centers for Disease Control report the Southeast is among the hardest hit this flu season. North and South Carolina are seeing a moderate flu season, according to a report.

Harding said basic flu prevention techniques, like washing your hands, disinfecting and staying away from flu-positive people are best practices.

"If you're in a room with someone who's coughing and sneezing and they have the flu, there's a good chance you're gonna get it," said Harding.

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