(from AAP News & Journals) New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that flu is widespread in 47 states, leading to illness among an estimated 13.2 million to 15.2 million people so far this season. In addition, 28 children have died, including four in the last few weeks. "Activity is elevated across the U.S., and we do expect significant flu activity to continue for several more weeks," said CEC epidemiologist Alicia P. Budd. Children ages 4 and under have a higher hospitalization rate than the overall population. The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated against the flu.
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