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December 13--  The flu season seems to have come a bit early this year.  Walk-in medical clinics in Vidalia say they've seen an increase in the last few days of patients with flu-like symptoms.

"Eight to ten patients a day we were having last week and the first part of this week, so it's really picked up the last week or two, it's rapidly growing says Brenda Morris at Applecare in Vidalia.

Meanwhile, Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia has a full house, but it's not because of the flu, according to hospital spokesperson Elizabeth Harville.

"We've only got three of 69 patients with confirmed flu cases.  The issues were having with our volumes have nothing to do with the flu.  Our volumes are coming from the physicians we've recruited.  Their business is really good and we're starting to become a true regional hospital," she notes.

Meanwhile, medical authorities say it's not to late to get a flu shot and they recommend it to protect yourself in the future.