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AFP - The death toll from a flu outbreak gripping the United States has reached epidemic levels and it will be at least several weeks before the outbreak abates, health officials said Friday.
Flu or pneumonia were responsible for 7.3 percent of the deaths reported in 122 cities monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the week ending January 5. That's just above the epidemic threshold of 7.2 percent.
"Most of the country is seeing or has seen a lot of flu," CDC director Tom Frieden said in a conference call.
"Only time will tell us how long our season will last or how moderate or severe it will be."
Finally browbeat Norman into getting his shot yesterday. He had to go or call 3 places before he was able to get one at Walgreen's. (They'd received 100 doses yesterday morning and were almost out by mid-afternoon. Had no idea when they were getting more.)