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CDC: Flu vaccine 62% effective; 47 states report widespread illness

Posted: January 11, 2013 |   Comments

Flu activity continues to rise in the U.S., according to new surveillance statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

Forty-seven states have now reported widespread influenza activity, according to the CDC's latest FluView report, three more states than officials estimated Wednesday. Two more children have died since last week's report, raising the total to 20 kids who have succumbed to the virus.

The report covers the week of Dec. 30 through Jan. 5, and the CDC releases a revision every Friday.

Twenty-four states and New York City have experienced high influenza activity, with 16 states reporting moderate activity. Last week's report showed high activity in 29 states. A complete look at how your state stacks up can be found on the CDC's website.

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