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How bad is this year's influenza? Flu is spreading widely in 36 states.

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to Jane Weaver and Felix Gussone, MD.

Influenza is now prevalent in 36 states and has since at least 11.4 million people have been infected with the flu since October. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday. There is no indication that the current pandemic is as deadly as the flu season (80,000 deaths in the US) in 2017-2018, but the incident has not yet reached its peak. The CDC expects the flu epidemic to continue for several weeks.

The CDC estimates that there were 136,000 flu outbreaks between October 1, 2018 and January 19, 2019, with the most serious cases among Americans over 65 years of age.

From January 12 to January 19, three children died in a week, and the number of children who died of the flu in the same period last year increased to 22.

Schools across the country, including Alabama, Idaho, Minnesota and Tennessee, have been closed for influenza this week.

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