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The last thing any of us wants is to get sick. But this year the flu is expected to peak earlier and be stronger than usual. And it could happen in the next few weeks. We’re looking at the top five things you may want to do now, before it hits.

From a busy holiday season to now, a busy flu season. The Centers for Disease Control says there have been more than six times the number of flu cases than there were this time last year. And there’s a 60 percent chance the flu will hit its peak in January this year, weeks before normal.

“We’ve been in very crowded areas and shopping malls and grocery stores where you’re around a lot of people and then we’ve been around a lot of family members,” says Dr. Scott Bentz, head of the emergency department at Presbyterian / St. Luke’s Medical Center.

“And so in close quarters like that that’s how a virus likes to spread. So I do expect an uptick in flu cases in the post holiday period.

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