KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Washington State Health Department says the flu season is off to its earliest start in nearly a decade.
The CDC reports that flu cases have increased in Washington. But the numbers are still below epidemic levels.
The State Health Department says there are no reports of any deaths in the state caused by the influenza virus so far.
Doctors say to be careful when traveling this holiday season.
"Airplanes, trains, buses, you might be exposed particularly also if your traveling to other parts of the country you may end up going to an area where they are seeing more flu viruses. So, even though we don't see it now. If you take a plane trip somewhere you might be exposed,"said Dr. Amy Person, Benton-Franklin Health Officer.
The district has administered 23-hundred flu shots so far this year. They've also distributed more than 24-thousand doses to local healthcare providers.