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US on track for one of the worst flu seasons

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    Posted: January 03 2020 at 2:03pm
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This year's flu season is shaping up to be a severe one, particularly for children.

So far this season, 27 U.S. children have died from the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That's the highest number of pediatric flu deaths reported at this point in the flu season since 2003, when the CDC started tracking child flu deaths, according to CNN.

For comparison, during the 2017-2018 flu season, which was one of the worst flu seasons in recent years, 13 pediatric flu deaths were reported at this point in the season, according to CDC data. (By the end of the 2017-2018 season, 187 children had died from the flu, making it a particularly deadly flu season.)

https://www.livescience.com/flu-deaths-children.html
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The CDC estimates that at least 6.4 million people have caught the flu, resulting in 55,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths already this season. Though the flu vaccine can reduce the chances of infection at best, it's only 40% to 60% effective, which is why we need a better vaccine.

https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2020/with-already-2900-people-dead-from-the-flu-we-need-a-better-vaccine/
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