ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta/AP) — Flu season is ramping up, with illness widespread in at least 35 states. That’s up from 25 in the previous week.
A flu expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the agency’s weekly report released Friday shows “We’re in the thick of flu season.”
The CDC’s Lyn Finelli says the season likely hasn’t peaked, but that it’s too soon to know if it will be worse than normal.
The weekly report also showed that four children died of the flu last week.
The numbers aren’t as high so far as last year, when flu season started early. Flu usually peaks in January or February.
CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook says the flu is much worse than the common cold.
“If you’ve ever had the flu, there’s no mistaking the two,” LaPook said. “You feel like you were hit by a truck.”
The number of people seeking medical care for the flu climbed to more than 4 percent of all doctor visits last week, a near doubling from two weeks earlier.
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