Transcript for Deadly flu epidemic across the country
Or the especially dangerous strain of flu sickening people across the country. The epidemic showing no signs of slowing down and it's so deadly it's taken the lives of more children this year but at this same time last year. ABC's Martha Gonzales on how this flu spreading you know without a cough or sneeze. This year's deadly flu epidemic claiming more lives 79 people killed so far this season just in Indiana seventy in California. Including 27 year old Katherine Gallagher. It young people here at this they will realize that. That this is not to be transferred to it. And across the country at least thirty children are among the victims including this third grader in Alabama the CDC calling this the worst flu season in eight years. We 32 states now reporting high levels of flu activity tonight doctors and nurses across the country are still rammed it. Minus lobbying has for the form testing for the virus on the spot. To know that the flu is a little more serious this season and to seek help sooner can definitely help save lives. A new study from the University of Maryland showing just how contagious the flu can be. Across a short distance I could just be. Be breathing and little particles my traveling might create the Manning gets sick. The predominant strain this season called H three N two is especially powerful Jenny spell nearly died after contracting it in 4014 spending a year in the hospital she shares this advice. The best way to protect yourself and the people that you love is the flu shot. And doctors echoed that especially with concerns the worst of this flu season deal may not be over Tom still not over yet all right more she faced.
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