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Flu cases skyrocketing across Central Florida, state

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Flu cases are spiking in Central Florida and across the state, and doctors say they are seeing them in numbers they typically don't see until January.

In the past week, 250 confirmed cases have been reported at Centra Care urgent care's 21 locations.

That is double from just a week ago.

"Normally, we don't see flu ramp up at this rate until about January, so we are a couple of months early," Centra Care's Dr. Tim Hendrix said.

Most people who have been diagnosed with the flu did not receive a flu shot, Hendrix said.

After flu symptoms develop -- fever, body aches, sometimes a cough -- it will be too late for the vaccine. However, doctors urge those people to take Tamiflu, which will cut down on the life span of the flu.

Pharmacist Bharat Sharma preaches the importance of a flu shot to his customers, but he didn't think his 2-year-old daughter would be a victim.

"She has a runny nose a little bit, a little fever, 99.7 [degrees]. So I know she's getting there."

Sharma said he's going to wait another day or two before taking her to see a doctor. He's confident she'll need Tamiflu soon.

"I think I made a mistake. ... Everybody should get a flu shot. It helps."

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