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Flu season tamer than last year, so far

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- We're only a couple of months into flu season but already, this year is looking a lot better.

"So far it's, luckily, been looking a little bit less than last year. We only have three hospitalizations," said Dr. Ian Tullberg, the Medical Care Director at UCHealth Medical Group. "We are still seeing a few more people in the clinics here ramp up with the flu, but it's really not looking too bad so far."

But things normally ramp up during the holiday season.

"If you ask the experts, they will say it's absolutely unpredictable. And it is, but we need to be prepared for the worst from a medical standpoint, as well as a patient standpoint," said Dr. Tullberg.

It's important to make sure you're keeping yourself healthy, and getting your flu shot.

"If not for you, get it for the person next door that might not be able to get the flu shot for one reason or another," Dr. Tullberg said.

Cover your mouth, wash your hands and avoid coming in contact with anyone who's already sick.

But if you do get sick?

"Stay away from people. Try to quarantine yourself when you can. If you have a mask, wear it if you go out somewhere. You don't want to go to work, you want to stay home and get your rest. On top of that though, there are some things that we can do that will get you feeling a little bit better," Dr. Tullberg said.

Your primary or urgent care doctor will ensure you get the correct medication so you get well faster.

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Dani Fried

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  1. Unfortunately, this news might encourage many people to skip getting vaccinated this year, which could result in a massive increase in cases toward the end of the season. This year’s more effective vaccine is probably the biggest contributor to the low rate of infections so far, so let’s hope the rate stays low and we don’t see a late spurt of serious flu cases.

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