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Spokane sees several flu hospitalizations

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Local health officials say Spokane needs to be focused on the flu. Local health officials say Spokane needs to be focused on the flu.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

While Angelina Jolie fights the chicken pox, and several professional hockey players battle the mumps, Spokane health officials say locally, concern needs to be focused on the flu.

14 to 15 people in Spokane have been hospitalized for the flu so far this year. 10 or 11 of those people did not get the vaccine.

Last year in December, that number was only one to two people.

The flu, the mumps and the chicken pox all have vaccines, and local doctors say if you haven't gotten one, you should definitely consider it.

The flu vaccine has come under fire this year for missing a key strain that protects people from getting the flu.

Still, Spokane health officials still encourage people to get the vaccine saying that some protection is better than none.

"We are seeing earlier flu activity. We are still encouraging people to get vaccinated. Typically we don't peak until January or February so there's still plenty of time to get vaccinated and get covered for the season," said Mark Springer, Spokane Regional Health District Epidemiologist.

Local doctors say the closest Spokane has come to the mumps is when the University of Idaho had about 10 cases a few weeks ago.

No mumps cases have been reported in Spokane so far this season.

Spokane has seen about five or six chicken pox cases this season, which health officials say is normal.

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