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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- Doctors in the Piedmont agree with the Centers for Disease Control which said today this flu season looks like it's going to be bad.

More cases are showing up earlier than they have in the past decade.

In a national briefing, the CDC said more than 2 percent of doctor's visits in recent days have been flu related.

 The CDC is highly recommending those with suppressed immune systems, the elderly, healthcare workers and expectant mothers to get vaccinated this year.

Officials say, despite the vaccine's proven success record it concerns them that nearly half of all pregnant women will not get vaccinated.

Dr. Mike Lindel at Lyndhurst Gynecological Associates in Winston-Salem says, "It's vital it is recommended by both the CDC and the American College of Ob-Gyns just because during pregnancy it's a low immune system state."

Expectant mother Kayla Norman says, "it doesn't hurt you it doesn't hurt baby. I tell people whatever can do to make baby healthy."

Dr. Lindel says some mothers have worried about small traces of mercury found in a vaccination preservative, but he says the amount is so small it's been proven to not be harmful. 

In fact Lindel says, "In the information age, is also the misinformation age, and there's a lot of things out there on the internet and any place else that gets people unnecessarily worried but they don't have real good data behind it."

Lindel claims, "There has never been a study that has shown a negative impact through the vaccine to any pregnant women, ever."
Mothers who get the flu often get respiratory illness and the lack of oxygen can impact the child since the mother already has a suppressed immune system.
Kayla Norman says she is getting the vaccine, because going without it this year seems too risky.

"I want to do everything I can to help protect the baby and am doing what I can do, whatever I can do, to do that," she says