Flu Remains Widespread In The U.S.

(January 18, 2013)—Nine more children have died of flu, raising the total for this flu season to 29, federal health officials said Friday.

In a typical season, about 100 children die of the flu, so it is not clear whether this year will be better or worse than usual, although the outbreak remains widespread.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says half of confirmed flu cases so far are in people 65 and older.

This year's season is earlier than normal and the dominant flu strain is one that tends to make people sicker.

The flu is widespread in all states except for Tennessee and Hawaii, but is starting to ease in some areas.

Health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot to help protect against the flu.

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