Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 11:51AM
Drew Wolfe

What You Need To Know About This Year's Flu Season

"Aja C. Holmes planned to go to work last week, but her flu symptoms — a cough, fever and severe body aches that worsened overnight — had other ideas."

"'It felt like somebody took a bat and beat my body up and down,' said Holmes, 39, who works as a residential life director at California State University, Sacramento. 'I couldn't get out of bed.'"

"The nation is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad flu season."

"Flu is widespread in 46 states, including California, according to the latest reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

"Nationally, as of mid-December, at least 106 people had died from the infectious disease, according to the CDC. At least 27 Californians younger than 65 had died as of Friday, seven of them during the week before Christmas, according to the California Department of Public Health. And states across the country are reporting higher-than-average flu-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits."

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