Flu rapidly spreading across US

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 01/03 2014 04:19PM

Updated 01/03 2014 06:34PM

Time is running out If you want to protect yourself from the flu bug.

On Friday the Centers for Disease Control reported that influenza activity is widespread in 25 states and regional in 20 more, although it’s not at epidemic levels yet.

CDC officials believe  younger adults are being hit hardest by the flu this year.

Dr. Michael Jhung, a medical officer in the flu division of the CDC said, “We see pockets of high activity in several states and pockets of low activity in others, but we expect every state will get hit.”

Jhung says it’s too early to tell for sure, but the vaccine appears to match the circulating strain of H1N1 flu well. The vaccine also protects against a strain of H3N2 flu and either one or two strains of influenza B.

Louisiana is one of 13 states that currently has a high number of flu cases.

Michigan is a hard-hit state and at the University of Michigan more than a dozen adults and children infected with flu are on life support.

So far, six children have died from influenza. Last year, 171 children died of flu.

On average, CDC says 200,000 people are hospitalized with flu each season and It kills between 3,000 and 49,000 people a year.

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