Flu ‘epidemic’ worsens across U.S.

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For weeks now we’ve been hearing about how serious the flu is this year, and now the CDC says we’re officially dealing with an epidemic.

One of the biggest concerns is that the flu is attacking young and healthy people this year.

Flu kills people every year — anywhere between 3,000 and 49,000 a year, depending on the season. CDC doesn’t keep an ongoing tally of deaths for adults, but 10 children have died of influenza so far this flu season, and more than 2,600 have ended up in the hospital.

“Technically, we are in the epidemic of flu, but that is what we see every year,” Bresee told NBC News. Flu activity started in the southeast and south-central part of the country and is now spreading to the Midwest. But deaths have not yet reached epidemic levels.

CDC says 20 states have high levels of flu, while activity is still minimal in 12 states: Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Vermont.