20 Children Dead from Flu: Officially an Epidemic

Dr. Richard Besser discusses the terrible and deadly flu season.
3:00 | 01/20/14

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this terrible flu season. It is being call an epidemic. 20 children have died and new worries about how many vaccines might be late. Dr. Richard Besser is here with all of the specifics. Good morning, Dr. B. I want to talk first the positive news, a lot of flu activity down. Yes. Significantly. Yes, you know, a week ago it was 20, now it's down to 14. Which is a good thing. Other good news, it appears there are fewer hospitalizations this year than last year but last year was a really bad flu year. They're still seeing flu cases all over the country and that could continue for another six weeks or longer. Saying that 90% to 95% of the vaccines are gone so at this point, how can we tell people where to get a vaccine? So 95% have been distributed by the companies so they're out at doctors' offices or pharmacist or they've been given to people. Doesn't mean they're gone-gone. Doesn't mean they're gone-gone but you may have to look hard ir. Great website, flushot.healthmap.org and put in your zip code and will tell you which stores in the area have the shot. Give them a call first. There should be one for whoever wants it. You still say get one. It is not too late. It's not too late. Just this week there were ten deaths in children that were reported. Even in a mild flu year there are thousands who die. Millions miss work and school and if you can get some protection and reduce your chance of getting sick, why not so iran a big fan of getting the shot. Tell us the website again. It's flushot.healthmap.org. Go there, it'll tell you where to go. Thank you so much, Dr.

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