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Worst Flu Season in Decade May Get Worse Yet, CDC Warns

Newser — Michael Harthorne

This flu season is a beast, and the CDC warned Friday that we aren't done yet. Another 10 children have died from the flu, bringing the total this season to 63, NBC News reports.

That's still fewer than the 110 who died last flu season. But USA Today reports the US is seeing the highest rates of flu-related hospitalizations since the CDC started keeping track of that stat in 2010.

And 7.7% of all doctor visits are related to the flu—the highest rate since 2009.

It could still get worse. “We don’t know if we have hit the peak yet," says acting CDC director Anne Schuchat. We're in week 11 of this flu season; flu season typically lasts for 16 weeks but can run as long as 20 weeks. "We could potentially see several more weeks of increased flu activity," Schuchat says. It's as yet unclear exactly why this flu season is so bad. (He went in for the flu; he lost his feet and fingers.)

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