Transcript for Flu Cases on the Rise Across the Country
Another medical headline here new concerns over the growing outbreak of the flu. The number of states reporting widespread flu outbreaks has more than doubled since just last week now ten states hard hit from New England to Texas. -- doctor say this particular strain of the flu has an uncommon target. Here's ABC's Ron Claiborne. Yeah. -- suddenly kicked into high gear one of the hardest hit states in the country is Texas. Where the -- is being blamed for the death of an eighteen year old. There was a teenager he had H1N1 influenza and -- Succumbed. Health officials say this season the most prevalent strain H1N1. Is hitting -- young and middle aged much harder than older people which is our new. They believe some elderly people. Have a resistance to the virus because that same strain. Was around in the 1940s and 1950s. Texas is one of ten states now reporting widespread incidence of flu will see increasing amounts -- for the next several weeks before it peaks. Put simply more people will get. More people get -- more people get severely ill. And and -- and eighteen years old and a college freshman is the UN says she had all but classic symptoms of flu fever and I would spend to 100. -- four degrees. Terrible -- that made it difficult to locker -- And adding I was so about it silence and so -- -- -- the Chinese get out. The flu outbreak in Texas has led to increased demand for the flu vaccine. I'm just being taken more seriously damage any given the Sammy went to one pharmacy and they are -- If they have some available. There is of course no complete protection against the virus but the vaccine is your best bet. It lowers your risk of getting sick and getting hospitalized and even dying because the -- -- up fifty to 70%. And yet roughly half of Americans still have not gotten the vaccine experts say it's not too late and they're urging those who haven't gotten the vaccine. To get it and get it now.
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