UNDATED (WTVB) - The outbreak of flu across the U.S. is now an epidemic, a national health official says. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health says the nation is in what would "classically be described as a flu epidemic." A CDC official says flu has now killed at least 20 children since the outbreak began, including 4 in Michigan.
Have you had trouble finding a flu shot lately? Some drug stores and clinics in the area apparently have been using up their supplies faster than they have been able to replenish them. No one can really say why the flu bug made so many people sick so quickly, in some cases, making even people who have been vaccinated ill. Some say it’s a more virulent strain of the Type A.
Almost every state is reporting widespread outbreaks and hospital emergency rooms across the country report being nearly overwhelmed trying to keep up with people coming in for treatment.