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ER doctor: Flu season is getting worse

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Doctors say that this winter is shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons on record.

Atlanta area hospitals have been flooded with patients suffering from influenza, the virus that causes the flu.

Piedmont emergency room physician Thomas Upshaw and staff have been quite busy treating patients presenting signs of the flu.

"The flu has been awful, this is probably the worst season we've ever seen," Upshaw said, who has been sick himself.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the Southeast region is experiencing high levels of influenza activity.

The Georgia Department of Health's statistics suggest that from October 2012 to December 2012, the levels of influenza activity shot from sporadic to widespread in just three months.

"I think the general public should be very concerned," Upshaw said. "If they have symptoms, they should be seen. I think if you have not had your flu shot, it's still not too late."

Upshaw says the shots are an important tool to keep you healthy.

"It's going to make the flu that they do get less severe," Upshaw said.

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