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CDC: Seasonal flu rising sharply

(UPI) Influenza activity -- earlier and more severe than usual -- is widespread and at high levels in the United States, federal health officials say.
During the week of Dec. 23, U.S. influenza activity increased -- of 9,363 specimens tested, 32 percent were positive for influenza. Region Five, comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, reported the highest rate, with 58 percent of samples taken by doctors testing positive for influenza…
The circulating strains continue to be well matched to the strains in the seasonal flu vaccine.
The CDC recommends all people six months and older get a flu vaccine.
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