Alaska flu cases skyrocket in December

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — There's been a sharp increase in the number of flu cases reported to the state.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/JfXe5A) there were 177 influenza infections in Alaska between Dec. 1-21.

Before that, only 65 cases had been reported in the first months of the flu season.

There are still flu vaccines available at public health centers in Alaska. Shelly Point-Anderson, who is with the Fairbanks Regional Public Health Center, says anyone who has not yet been vaccinated to get a flu shot.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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