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Flu Season Causing Widespread National Epidemic

Chima Simone |
January 9, 2013 | 5:48 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

The flu is most dangerous for the young, elderly, and people with chronic health conditions. The CDC estimates that 24,000 Americans die each year from the flu. Photo Credit, McFarland.
The flu is most dangerous for the young, elderly, and people with chronic health conditions. The CDC estimates that 24,000 Americans die each year from the flu. Photo Credit, McFarland.
On Wednesday, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared a public health emergency due to more than a dozen flu-related deaths. But Massachusetts is not alone in their flu epidemic as many states are experiencing a sharp rise in cases.

Nationwide, the flu has spread to more than 80% of the U.S. The latest weekly flu advisory report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 41 states have widespread influenza activity--an increase of 31 states from the previous week.

The CDC will issue a flu update Friday.

Read more on the worsening flu season here.

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