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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 09:58 AM

Flu picks up steam across the U.S.

Source: CNN

(CNN) -- The flu has been spreading fiercely across the United States, with more than half of states reporting widespread activity. The season has started earlier, and cases are more severe than last year, health officials say.

The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flu advisory report, which covers the week of December 23 to 29, suggests that 41 states have widespread influenza activity, which was an increase of 31 states from the previous week. The CDC will issue an update on the flu situation Friday.

There have so far been 2,257 hospitalizations associated with laboratory-confirmed flu virus, the CDC report said. Among children, there have been 18 deaths reported during this season.

In Massachusetts, one of the 29 states that the CDC has identified as having high activity of influenza-like illness, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared a public health emergency in the city because of the flu.

Since October 1, there have been 700 confirmed influenza cases among Boston residents, according to Menino's office; that's 10 times more than were seen in all of last year's flu season.

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backtoblue Jan 2013 OP
groundloop Jan 2013 #1
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Response to backtoblue (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:40 AM

1. Thank goodness I had my flu vaccination

And thank the Affordable Care Act that my insurance company paid the entire cost of it.

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Response to groundloop (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:43 AM

3. mine was paid by my insurance company too.

my son, however is on medicaid and i had to pay for his. it was definitely worth it though.


I haven't felt very good the past two days with some "flu-like" symmptoms, but I think having gotten the shot has prevented me from getting any worse. Just a little fever, aches, and a sore throat, but not enough to put me down like the flu

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Response to backtoblue (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:40 AM

2. Good thing I got my shot this year.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 01:02 PM

4. Yet this country actually has NURSES who skip that vaccine!!

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