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Earliest Flu Season Since 2003

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Health officials say this year marks the earliest flu season since 2003.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the United States seems to be prepared for what could be a bad flu season.

More than a third of Americans have been vaccinated this year.

Officials announced on Monday that flu cases have jumped in 5 southern states including Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

They say flu reports don't usually occur until after Christmas.

The last time a flu season started this early was the winter of 2003-04.