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Published January 02, 2013, 06:17 PM

Current flu season could be one of the area’s worst

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Cover your mouths and wash your hands, flu season is back with a bang.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Cover your mouths and wash your hands, flu season is back with a bang.

Doctors across the valley say this season could be one of the worst they've seen in several years.

Every parent knows the stress that comes with having a sick child, well try two.

Theresa Jaeger, Moorhead: "They've both have had fevers since Sunday and coughing. I'm guessing it's the flu but with the fever lasting that long I kind of wanted to check it out."

A flu season now in full swing and contagious. First Andrew and Elizabeth, now Theresa also showing symptoms.

Jaeger: "Yeah it's no fun to deal with!"

Plenty of running noses, high fevers, and deep coughs. The Jaeger family is one of many crowding walk in clinics and hospitals across the region.

Dr. Tracie Newman, Sanford Pediatrician: "We actually tripled the amount of cases that we've been testing in the past few weeks."

Although it's early, the results so far are comparable to 2009's H1N1 epidemic.

625 cases have already hit North Dakota and in Minnesota, more than 600 people have been hospitalized.

Newman: "Every strain is different and I know that this strain is predicted this time, H3N2 is what they're calling it, is supposed to be different than we saw last year."

Making it difficult for vaccines to be spot on, and for Theresa and her family to beat the bug.

Jaeger: "We just try to wash hands as often as we can and cover mouths. I guess then you get it all over at the same time too."

Some hospitals in the Twin Cities area are at max capacity treating flu cases.