Via Kaiser Health News:

Flu is widespread in 46 states, according to reports to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Nationally, as of mid-December, at least 106 people had died from the infectious disease.  In addition, states across the country are reporting higher-than-average flu-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Hospitalization rates are highest among people older than 50 and children younger than 5

Here are five things you should know about this flu season:

1. It’s shaping up to be one of the worst in recent years.

2. This season’s flu vaccine is likely to be less effective than in previous years.

3. You should get the flu shot anyway.

4. Basic precautions may spare you and your family from days in bed.

5. Don’t mistake flu symptoms for those of a common cold.



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