47 states report widespread cases of the flu

6:57 PM, Jan 11, 2013   |    comments
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(NBC) -- Flu is now widespread in nearly every state and officials say the number of sick people has reach an epidemic level, but there is early evidence the flu could be waning in a few areas of the country.

Although it's still early, the latest data hint the flu season may have peaked in the Southeast.

Still, it's far from over.

The illness is now widespread in 47 states, sparing only California, Hawaii and Mississippi the worst of the outbreak.

Thousands are ill.

One Tulsa, Oklahoma school closed Friday for a massive scrub-down because of so many sick kids.

A new study of more than 1,000 patients finds the flu shot is 62-percent effective.

That means you're 62-percent less likely to need to see a doctor if you do get sick.

It's pretty normal for influenza vaccines.


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