News

CDC: Flu Outbreak Widespread In 35 States

View Comments
File photo of a doctor's office. (credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

File photo of a doctor’s office. (credit: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

CBS Atlanta (con't)

Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSAtlanta.net/ACA

Health News & Information: CBSAtlanta.net/Health

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.

(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,942 other followers