- 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.
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.
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Even People who get the Flu Shot can get Sick
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is warning the flu season appears to be bad this year – spreading faster and earlier than usual.
Officials with the CDC have said the South and Southeast sections of the country are getting hit hard.
REPORT: Vaccine doesn’t include spreading strain, even people who received the flu shot can still get sick, they said.
There is one theory that the outbreak may be due in part to the possibility that the flu vaccine does not include the strain that is currently spreading across the country.
REPORT: Two Die From H1N1 Flu, 1 Million Treated In Week
BEIJING: Beijing has registered its first two H1N1-related deaths since 2010, following the death of two Chinese women, 10 days ago.
A 65-year-old cancer patient died last Friday, while a 22-year-old migrant worker succumbed to the disease on Dec 27.
Beijing Daily quoted Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention director Deng Ying as saying, influenza cases reported here were at its peak over the past five years, while the H1N1 strain had become the most dominant.
He said, there were 1.04 million patients receiving treatment at emergency departments of Beijing’s second-level or above medical institutions between Dec 24 and 30.