Transcript for Deadly Flu Season: Children at Risk
Now to what is the earliest and most intense outbreak of deadly flu virus in a decade as we told you 41 states reporting cases. Eighteen children have already died and the flu season is just getting started ABC's chief health and medical editor doctor Richard Hester joins us with what you need to know rich good morning. Good morning you know I've been talking to CDC about this and this outbreak really has them concerned. In all -- this season is early it's not too late to get some protection from the vaccine. Despite loud objections these children are arming themselves for what the Centers for Disease Control now says he's the earliest and potentially most intense flu season in a decade. This morning since CDC says an alarming 41 states have widespread influenza activity. That's up twenty. Near the Great Lakes the hardest hit region reports nearly 60% of those who were checked tested positive for the fluke -- -- -- eighty patients that they now that's nearly double the usual number. Incredibly busy waiting room full of patients -- -- cough headaches. -- -- -- bank balance typical flu seasons -- begin until around now after the holidays but this year's season started back in October. And this morning the country is at levels not usually seen until the end of winter. And of course hearing that number eighteen child deaths have so unnerving for parents you say early treatment is -- that's right -- that's absolutely essential CDC recommends that people who were in the high risk groups. So young children pregnant women the elderly people with medical conditions they get stardom -- he flew early. Tamiflu is just license for children down at age two weeks. So you're if you're one of those groups you wanna get here very early because early treatment makes a big difference and this year. The flu bad virus they've seen no resistance to the drug -- difference between life and death. Definitely doctor -- thanks so much very important information.
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