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More than 6 million already affected by the flu, CDC says



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By Maggie Fox

More than 6 million Americans have already captured the flu this flu season and as many as 80,000 have ended up in the hospital, federal health officials said Friday.

For the first time, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can provide real-time estimates of the impact of the influence on the public. They show between 6 million and 7 million people have become infected with the flu, 3 million or more have visited doctors because of flu symptoms and between 70,000 and 80,000 have been ill enough to have been hospitalized.

So far, the flu season has not turned off as it did last year when nearly 50 million people captured the flu and 80,000 died. It was the worst influenza season of decades.


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