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MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) -- Health officials say the number of people with flu-like symptoms is increasing drastically across the Two Virginias.

The number rose by 100 in just one week in Mercer County. Officials say in the weeks prior to Christmas the number of cases was in the 50's. This past week the Mercer County Health Department reported 356 cases of people with flu-like symptoms. They say seeing a spike at the start of the year makes this a unique flu season.

Health officials say avoid contact with others, wash hands often, and cover coughs and sneezes to prevent spreading the flu. They also recommend getting a flu shot and want to remind people there is still time to get one.

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