Flu hitting Utah hard before season peak

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) Influenza is hitting Utah especially hard after two children died before the season peak. 

For much of the state, Utah Department of Health classifies the flu as widespread. The number of people complaining to doctors of flu-like symptoms is the highest since 2014.  

“If you’ve got the flu, you’ll know it. You are down and out for a week to ten days. It’s terrible,” Utah Department of Health Communication Director Tom Hudachko said. 

The H1N1 strain, commonly known as swine flu, is the most common in Utah. It caused the flu pandemic in 2009. 

“We don’t feel like we’ve hit the peak of what we will see this year. We expect activity to increase. Along with that, severity is expected to increase,” Hudachko said. 

Doctors say it’s not too late to get a flu shot, which is considered effective this season because it covers H1N1. 

Take steps to prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home when you’re sick. 

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