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By Julia Bruck - bioemail

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -  Winter is nearly half over and the flu is now widespread across the country. That's the word from the centers for disease control and prevention.

At Cedar Court Clinic in Carbondale doctors continue to see a steady flow people with the flu.

Dr. Claravel Criste says they started to see people with the flu about a month ago. She adds it was sort of a surprise, because they didn't expect it to come this late. But Criste says it's still not too late to get a flu shot.  

"You don't expect the affects of the vaccines to work to work right away," Criste said. "It takes about two weeks until you get the full benefits. So you can still get sick even if you get the vaccine. But the protection it offers from the other strains of virus, usually H1N1, is worth it."

Dr. Criste says if a usually healthy adult gets the flu, it's best to just stay home and rest. She adds if your symptoms get worse to see your doctor. 

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