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Flu epidemic

Right now, so many people in the U.S have come down with the flu, we've officially reached a flu epidemic.

The flu is now wide spread in 40 states.
Starting next week, all Indianapolis area hospitals will begin restricting visitors. Those with flu-like symptoms, including a fever or cough, will not be allowed to visit patients.
    "The biggest thing is not to go out and infect other people."

The flu is taking a toll on the most vulnerable. In the past week alone, ten children died.
In Tennessee 11 year old Savannah Hyden came down with H1N1, the most common strain of the flu virus right now. She died nearly 72 hours later.
    "It was just more than her body could handle, more than her heart could take."

Savannah had not been vaccinated.

Neither had 13 year old Lizzie Kahzeer in Texas. She died of complications from the flu.
    But a flu shot is still the best defense.

Even though Doctors repeadtedly advised people about the benefits of the vaccination.
    1 in 5 parents say they don't give their children the flu vaccine for fear they will get the flu from it. Which is a medical myth.

The flu season goes until April, so it's not too late to get a flu shot.
    "While it does take two weeks to get the full protection from the flu shot, your immunity starts to kick in almost immediately. So sooner is better.

And there's still plenty available.
For more information on how to protect yourself from the flu and track the outbreak, you can head over to our website