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At least 1,300 people have died from the flu so far this season, according to an estimate released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.
The analysis also found that there have been 23,000 flu-related hospitalizations and more than 2.6 million illnesses.
The flu has spread in all state except Alaska with widespread activity reported in Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
According to the CDC, hospitalization for illfluenza-like illness has been at or above the national baseline for five consecutive weeks.
The CDC said that the strain of the flu people caught likely depended on their age with young people and seniors frequently testing positive for different types of influenza.
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@real_defender @JoeBiden Everyone here is dumb for believing this. Has no one noticed that there is only like 300 flu deaths this year
@brithume You're logical that it is ok to have 5.3% of older people die, which compares to the flu, which can kill… https://t.co/1OXtqF2Oq9
@clairecmc The US has only had 200,000 deaths from the China flu. To put this in perspective. Obesity kills over 30… https://t.co/qjKc4vF5od
@TheBlackHorseD5 @KevinJones26 @McavoyHilary One reason why the flu (influenza) kills so many people is that not ev… https://t.co/QZuC2Jm7wQ
@forward_wing @Woolberto Flu can be a really serious illness. Flu tends to kill 300-650k people worldwide per year.… https://t.co/aqZviwZ2dk