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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) - This year's flu season is off to an early start.

In the past week alone...the Mercer County Health Department has seen a 50 percent increase of patients reporting flu-like illness.

After a mild flu season last year, the Centers for Disease Control warns flu season is off to one of the earliest starts in 10 years.

"We are definitely getting a sign that flu is coming in," said Judy Bolton of the Mercer County Health Department. "The good news is that the strain of flu they have identified is included in this year's vaccine."

It's not too late to get your flu shot, but health officials say the earlier the better.

On average, it takes one month for your body to develop full immunity after getting the vaccine.

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