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The U.S. has been hit with a particularly aggressive early flu season this year with widespread reports of the illness across the country, hospitalizing 2,257 people and leaving 18 children dead before the end of 2012.
And health officials say the numbers haven't even peaked yet.
'I think we're still accelerating,' Tom Skinner, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman, told reporters.
While the CDC is waiting for more time to pass before classifying the season, Google Flu Trends has already listed it as 'intense' by monitoring flu activity around the world based on internet search terms.
And roughly 4 per cent of users on Flu Near You, a real-time tracking tool gaining about 100 new participants per week, say they're experiencing symptom
I got my shot, like I do every year. And I don't get the flu, even as it works its way through my extended family.
Originally posted by happykat39
Flu infections sweep America hospitalizing thousands and leaving 18 children dead of complications, and it's going to get worse.
. nope. Not true. We not only have never had a flu shot, but we haven't caught the flu off the kids, and I haven't had the flu in 15+ years....
Originally posted by Swills
reply to post by happykat39
Eh, I've never gotten the flu so I'm not worried. I think total, all across the USA, is like 5000 people who are sick. Not a big deal. These people are probably sick from taking the flu shot.
Originally posted by Merlin Lawndart
It is pure fear hype and hysteria. Big pharma just wants to get everyone scared of the big bad flu while selling everyone billions of dollars worth of toxic drugs that prevent nothing and poison your body. Then will say there's a shortage of vaccines, all to create their fear and hysteria illusion. What's that statistic we always hear? That flu kills some 36,000 people a year? That is not so. Only 18 people die per year from the flu. All of the other deaths were caused by pneumonia, not the flu, according to the CDC's own data.