Flu Season Hits Hard & Early
Epidemiologists says that the 2013 flu season has arrived weeks ahead of normal and may be notably worse than usual.
"I think we're still accelerating," said Tom Skinner, a CDC spokesman. Twenty-nine states and New York City reported high levels of flu activity, up from 16 states and NYC the previous week. Flu was widespread in 41 states, up from 31 states, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of the week ending Dec. 29, 2,257 people had been hospitalized with flu, and 18 children had died from complications of the illness, CDC reported.It's not too late for a flu shot.