Flu concerns rise amisdt flu outbreak

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 9:33 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – America is in the midst of one of the worst national flu outbreaks in recent history.

There are only three states where the flu isn’t widespread – California, Hawaii, and Mississippi.

While the Center for Disease Control said Friday that the illness seems to have peaked in the southeast, the mayor of Boston has declared a state of emergency because of the flu.

New York’s governor declared a public health emergency Saturday for the entire state.

Experts say the most active strain this season is H3N2.

It strikes earlier and harder which is the reason we’re experiencing flu season several weeks earlier than usual.

“We are setting records here in our urgent care center as to the number of patients we’re seeing per day,” Rochester Immediate Care rep Janet Williams said.

Yesterday the CDC said this season’s vaccine is moderately effective.

62 percent of people who received the vaccine are not seeing flu symptoms.

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