Deadly flu sweeps across America: Strain of ‘particularly aggressive’ winter virus leaves 18 children dead as medical experts warn epidemic will worsen

  • 2,257 people have been hospitalized since the start of flu season
  • Three-fourths of those with symptoms say the were not vaccinated
  • 41 states have reported cases


The U.S. has been hit with a particularly aggressive early flu season this year with widespread reports of the illness across the country, hospitalizing 2,257 people and leaving 18 children dead before the end of 2012.

And health officials say the numbers haven’t even peaked yet.

‘I think we’re still accelerating,’ Tom Skinner, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman, told reporters.

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Viral: An early and hard-hitting flu season has swept America leaving thousands hospitalized

The latest figures from the CDC show 29 states and New York City reporting high levels of flu activity, up from 16 states and New York City just one week prior.

Overall, 41 states reported cases.

Do you have the flu? These are the symptoms to watch for

According to data being gathered by Flu Near You, flu cases have increased dramatically over the last few weeks. Here are the season’s most-reported symptoms:

1. Cough – 19 per cent

2. Sore throat – 16 per cent

3. Fatigue – 15 per cent

4. Headache – 14 per cent

5. Body Ache – 10 per cent

6. Fever – 7 per cent.

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