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ST. LOUIS – Local health officials say flu season is ramping up.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital announced Thursday it's already treated more than 140 flu patients, and the majority were found to have the H1N1 strain from 2009, more commonly known as "swine flu."

Nationally, hospitals are reporting a huge spike. Many believe this year's flu season may be one of the most severe in several years.

There's still time to get vaccinated, and this year's shot does offer protection from the current strain of the flu. To find a flu vaccination location nearest to you, visit the St. Louis County Department of Health's website.