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Flu Season: What to Know This Year

Cases of flu are starting to pick up. Two states — Georgia and Louisiana, had high activity, while another three reported moderate activity. Those states include: Alabama, Oklahoma, and Utah. All other states had low or minimal flu cases.

The CDC also reports five child deaths related to flu this season.

Last year’s flu season was one of the worst on record, with the highest death toll in decades. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, said an estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications and about 900,000 landed in the hospital.

While seniors were hit the hardest, last season was also hard on children. Thousands of U.S. children had been hospitalized and 180 kids had died of flu-related causes. Among the children who died, about 80% had not had a flu shot, according to the CDC.

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