Pull out your hand sanitizer and face masks; flu season is in full swing

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The flu season is officially upon us.

Although it is just beginning, the CDC is already reporting widespread infection rates in several states.

Alabama, Louisiana and New York.

But, Texas has been the hardest hit, reporting at least five deaths from the N1N1 strain, also known as Swine Flu.

“The majority of hospitalizations for influenza occur in people 65 years and older and the majority of deaths in that group. But, we know that H1N1, this particular influenza virus does cause more infections in younger adults,” according to CDC medical officer Dr, Michael Jhung.

H1N1 first made headlines back in 2009 causing a pandemic that CDC says infected 52 million people, about 24% of the world, and may have killed hundreds of thousands worldwide.

Health officials say if you haven’t gotten a flu shot, you still can.

Health experts say there are other simple steps you can take to stay healthy.

Was your hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes, and if you’re sick, stay home.

The CDC says it expects this flu season to peak in February.