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GEORGETOWN, Ky., (LEX 18) -- Some local doctors are experiencing shortages of flu tests as the season continues.

This flu season is worse than last year and the year before, said Dr. David Hoddy, a pediatrician in Georgetown.

"We've already seen as many cases of flu right now as we did all last year," Hoddy.

Right now his office is using a type of flu test that isn't as fast as others, but Hoddy said it's been easier to get this type.

"The demand is so much higher," he said. "Many of our providers of the flu test are on back order."

If Hoddy isn't able to test patients he believes have the flu, he said he goes ahead and treats them for it. But sometimes a test can be the deciding factor for treatment.

"There's some kids who are borderline. You think they have it but you're not sure and it really helps to get an answer for them," he said. 

The shortage could continue if flu cases continue to climb, he said.

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