It's the most miserable time of the year for many people in the area. Flu season is in full effect and this one in particular is shaping up to be more extreme than usual.

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The State Department of Health reports that four people in Pennsylvania have already died of complications from the influenza virus. The Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest had to open an emergency space to care for the increased number of people with flu-like symptoms, according to the Morning Call.

The Morning Call also reports the hospital is setting up a mobile surge tent outside the emergency department.

For information on the flu, including treatment and prevention, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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