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Flu Season Atypical In New Jersey

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HACKENSACK, NJ (CBSNewYork) - So far, it’s been an atypical winter with warm temperatures, and very few cases of flu.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

In New Jersey, state officials say influenza activity is low in the south and moderate in the north.

Physicians say the mild weather and readily available vaccine have helped, but there’s still time for the flu to take off this spring.

Dr. Gary Monk, director of clinical virology at Hackensack University Medical Center, says there’s still time to be vaccinated.

“It’s the greatest gift that you can get for yourself,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams on Wednesday. “I don’t think we should lower our guard, protective wise, or hygiene wise, or we should choose our crowds until Memorial Day when the pool is opened.”

In the meantime, emergency rooms have been busy with other ailments – relentless respiratory illnesses and there’s a gut-churning stomach bug going around.

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