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According to experts, a handful of southern states are in for a particularly brutal flu season this year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina are already experiencing widespread cases of the flu at a higher rate than what is typical for this time of year. Georgia and Texas are the only mainland states to have reported moderate flu activity, while the rest of the country remains steady at either low or minimal cases of the flu.

"At this point, I'm prepared to say I expect an early flu season," Richard Zimmerman, a professor of family medicine at University of Pittsburgh and director of PittVax, told Popular Science. He said he's seeing more cases in his practice than is normal for this time of year, by about two weeks.

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There's no denying: we're gearing up for a doozy of a flu season. To reduce your risk of catching the flu, the CDC recommends the following:

  1. Get vaccinated.
  2. Avoid close contact.
  3. Stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  5. Wash your hands often.
  6. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.