“Unprecedented”: Flu Now Widespread In 36 States

Source: CBS News

The flu is getting a fast start on 2015. It is now widespread in 36 states, an earlier and wider spread than usual. At least 15 children have died so far. This week in Minnesota, a record number of lab specimens were sent in for testing.

Some hospitals in North Carolina and Michigan are now restricting visitors and volunteers under 18 from entering. Delaware is reporting nine times as many cases as this time last year. Another hard hit state is Georgia.

The state is fighting an epidemic of the H3N2 strain of influenza A. Scientists discovered the most common strain of the influenza had mutated soon after this year’s flu vaccine was produced. The vaccine effictive only a third of the time against this year’s influenza.

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