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How bad is this year's flu? Flu is widespread in 36 countries, the CDC reported



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from Jane Weaver and Felix Gusone, MD

The flu is already widespread in 36 countries, with at least 11.4 million people suffering from influenza from October, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported. While the current epidemic shows no signs of mortality such as the 2017-2018 flu season that killed 80,000 people in the United States, the cases have not yet reached their peak. CDC expects increased flu activity to last for weeks.

According to the CDC estimates, between October 1, 2018 and January 19, 2019, there were 136,000 flu hospitalizations, with the worst cases among Americans aged 65 and over.

Three more children died in the week between January 12 and January 19, bringing the total number for the season to 22, roughly the same number of children who died of influenza at the same time last year.

Schools across the country, including the provinces of Alabama, Idaho, Minnesota, and Tennessee, report an ending this week due to flu.


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