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NEW YORK (CBS News) Fourteen thousand new flu cases were reported last week, bringing thetotal for the seasonto more than 74,000. And pediatric deaths are on the rise.
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had a fever of 103, Valenzia said. took the influenza test, and it came back positive. Centers for Disease Control reports 30 children have died from influenza since October, and the number of states hit with high flu like illness is now up to 32.
dominant flu virus out there is one we call H3N2 it a more severe virus, said Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Schaffner said this year flu vaccine is about 20 to 30 percent effective.
With the flu vaccine,
if you gotten the flu, despite having the vaccine, you likely to have a less severe case. You less likely to have complications like pneumonia, having to be hospitalized and dying, Schaffner said.
This epidemic means extreme measures across the country. A few California hospitals built tents outside to cater to patient overflow.
Some churches are telling parishioners to skip holding hands during prayer to avoid germs and all schools in Bonham, Texas closed for a week, after flu cases there soared.