Flu Strain Especially Deadly This Year

In this Jan. 10, 2017 image, Torrey Jewett looks on as her roommate Donnie Cardenas recovers from the flu at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif. Cardenas, a San Diego County resident, said he was battling a heavy cough for days before a spike his temperature sent him into the emergency room. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Hospitals and doctors across Florida are dealing with a deadly strain of the flu.

The virulent strain of the flu is here in South Florida and is killing people.

Walk-in clinics are swamped with patients, healthcare workers are calling in sick and some schools are even closing.

“What we’re seeing is definitely the peak,” said Dr. Devon Kumar with the Free Standing Emergency Center at Delray Medical Center. “We’re seeing a tremendous rise in cases, and people coming in with classic symptoms. The illness is very severe early on.”

It’s the same bug that has so far hit 46 states, with three times more people infected than last year.

The blame is being put on an ineffective vaccine. Children and babies are especially vulnerable.

Go to the CDC here.



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