WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said the flu is now widespread in 46 states, nearly four times more states than at this time last year.
The strand circulating, H3N2, tends to hit young and old people harder than others. Making matters worse, standard flu vaccines don’t work well with this strand.
One hundred flu deaths have been reported nationwide this season, thus far, and 13 of them were children.
CDC officials say it’s still too early to tell how bad this flu season will be. They believe it could reach near epidemic levels.