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The U.S. isn’t even halfway through flu season, but this year could be the worst in over a decade.
At least 41 states are reporting widespread flu activity. And the latest reports say as many as 18 children have already died and more than 2,200 have been hospitalized. Boston has even gone so far as declaring a public health emergency.

CNN explains the flu typically kills as many as 50,000 people, but this year we could see more.  And NBC news says hospitals are already straining to accommodate-- in some places more people are showing up than doctors can treat.

“In Chicago, hospitals are so overwhelmed with patients seven have closed their emergency departments... At a hospital in Allentown, PA, they are dealing with the onslaught of patients by triaging them in a tent in the parking lot.”

Not only will flu patients have to deal with the influenza, but the number of cases could have a bigger impact on businesses throughout the country. The Center for Disease Control reports the flu season on average costs employers at least $10 billion due to the increased healthcare costs and widespread absenteeism.

And CNN’s Sanjay Gupta highly encourages getting the flu shot. While the vaccine this season is only about 60 percent effective, Gupta says it’s better than nothing. He also explains when you receive the flu shot, you’re actually getting a dead virus.

“It’s teaching your immune system to recognize that virus as a problem... But when your immune system is rammed up like that you feel kind of cruddy. So it’s not that you have the flu, it’s that the flu shot is doing it’s job.”

Flu seasons can range in intensity from mild to severe. CBS New reports, the CDC says this is a moderate to severe season, but it's well within what's historically a range of normal.

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Severe Flu Outbreak Prompts 'Health Emergency'

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Jan 10, 2013

Severe Flu Outbreak Prompts 'Health Emergency'

Image Source: The Daily Beast

BY NICHOLE CARTMELL
ANCHOR LOGAN TITTLE


The U.S. isn’t even halfway through flu season, but this year could be the worst in over a decade.
At least 41 states are reporting widespread flu activity. And the latest reports say as many as 18 children have already died and more than 2,200 have been hospitalized. Boston has even gone so far as declaring a public health emergency.

CNN explains the flu typically kills as many as 50,000 people, but this year we could see more.  And NBC news says hospitals are already straining to accommodate-- in some places more people are showing up than doctors can treat.

“In Chicago, hospitals are so overwhelmed with patients seven have closed their emergency departments... At a hospital in Allentown, PA, they are dealing with the onslaught of patients by triaging them in a tent in the parking lot.”

Not only will flu patients have to deal with the influenza, but the number of cases could have a bigger impact on businesses throughout the country. The Center for Disease Control reports the flu season on average costs employers at least $10 billion due to the increased healthcare costs and widespread absenteeism.

And CNN’s Sanjay Gupta highly encourages getting the flu shot. While the vaccine this season is only about 60 percent effective, Gupta says it’s better than nothing. He also explains when you receive the flu shot, you’re actually getting a dead virus.

“It’s teaching your immune system to recognize that virus as a problem... But when your immune system is rammed up like that you feel kind of cruddy. So it’s not that you have the flu, it’s that the flu shot is doing it’s job.”

Flu seasons can range in intensity from mild to severe. CBS New reports, the CDC says this is a moderate to severe season, but it's well within what's historically a range of normal.

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