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FAHC seeing increase in flu

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The flu continues to take off in Vermont -- at least at the state's largest hospital.

The number of people hospitalized at Fletcher Allen Healthcare has jumped five-fold in just five days. Last week the hospital had admitted four patients with the flu -- three of them in serious condition in the intensive care unit. Now, less than a week later, FAHC officials say 23 patients are now hospitalized -- with six in the ICU. All together, more than 50 cases have been confirmed at Fletcher Allen's outpatient clinics, in the emergency room and those admitted as patients.

Doctors are still encouraging people to get vaccinated because the predominant H1N1 strain is included in this year's flu shot.

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