Flu hits 46 states

The Centers for Disease Control is reporting widespread flu activity in 46 states, and some hospitals are struggling to keep up.

Posted: Jan 8, 2018 9:45 AM

(NBC News) 2018 is off to a pretty sick start.

The Centers for Disease Control reports 46 states have widespread flu activity, compared to just 12 states at this time last year.

Emergency room doctors in Escondido, California have set up a special tent outside the hospital to handle a surge in flu patients. The last time they needed an extended treatment area was during the 2009 flu pandemic.

So far, 41,000 cases have been confirmed nationwide. The flu can be deadly, especially for those with underlying health conditions.

The flu vaccine is not as effective this year, but experts say some protection is better than none.

"Even if you get sick having had the vaccine, your illness tends to be milder not quite as severe," says Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Dr. William Schaffner.

The vaccine also lessens the chance of getting flu complications like pneumonia.

Read more: http://nbcnews.to/2lXKtBS

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