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Doctors say H1N1 virus targeting young adults

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(01/19/14) - If you haven't had a flu shot yet, doctors say it's not too late.

They say we're reaching peak flu season and this year's strain of the flu is a little bit different. It's impacting young adults more than usual.

"I haven't got a shot in a minute, but I recommend it," said Jaquavis Nard, who works in Flint.

"H1N1 is the strain that is going around this year," said Dr. Sanford Ross, attending emergency physician with Genesys Health System.

Dr. Ross said they're seeing plenty of people with the virus. Typically, babies and the elderly are most at risk, but doctors say that young adults are a big H1N1 target this season.

"Typically we don't see as much young adults because their immune system is so good," Ross said. "If you feel these symptoms - the high fever, the cough, the muscle aches, [you need] to rest and stay away from other people."

It's not too late for a quick vaccination. There are a few long months of the flu season in front of us.

"If you have not received your flu vaccination yet, I would still recommend it highly, it will give you protection, especially going into the higher March period where we still see a lot of flu," Ross said.

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