West Virginia is having of one of its worst flu seasons in years, and health officials say time is running out to get vaccinated.

Influenza-like illness and confirmed flu cases have steadily increased since the first week of December.

There were 10,676 confirmed flu cases in West Virginia as of Dec. 18, according to the latest-available data from the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

There were only 6,658 cases in all of December 2011. In December 2010, there were only 6,245 confirmed flu cases.

Influenza often peaks in January, February or even later.

The cases are the worst in number since 2009.

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