Flu season ramping up and deadly in St. Louis - KOAM TV 7

Flu season ramping up and deadly in St. Louis



The Centers for Disease Control says the United States is "in the thick" of flu season.  The illness is widespread in at least 35 states.  In St. Louis, Missouri at least nine patients died from flu complications.  
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 numbers aren't as high so far as last year, when flu season started early. Flu usually peaks in January or February.
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.
At Barnes-Jewish hospital in St. Louis, patients who died  ranged in age from the mid 20's to the mid 60's. Officials say young people are getting hit with h1n1 virus  and many haven't gotten flu shots. Barnes Jewish doctors say they diagnose 10 to 12 new flu cases daily and the hospital has treated thirty-five patients with severe flu illness in the hospital's intensive care unit. 




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