Doctors across the U.S. have been wondering when the country will reach a peak in the spread of the flu. Every state except for California, Hawaii, and Mississippi are now in the grip of the widespread flu epidemic. Some pharmacies have been having trouble keeping up with the demand for the flu shot especially in places like New York where Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency.
This morning Dr. Lyn Finelli of the CDC's Influenza Division joins “Starting Point” to discuss concerns regarding the vaccine and the latest on the flu epidemic.
CNN is bringing you the latest developments in the rising number of flu cases reported as the outbreak worsens around the country. Six more states are reporting widespread activity— that brings the total to 47 states, up from 41 the week before. The CDC has yet to release more information about which states were added and will issue an update later today.
We bring you some of the individual reports we’ve received from states. The Minnesota Health Department says 27 people have died from flu-related complications. South Carolina reports 22 flu-related deaths this season compared to one for all of 2011. Pennsylvania is also reporting 22 deaths, and six people are reported dead in Illinois. Eight are reported dead in Oklahoma, 15 are reported in Indiana, 7 in Arkansas and 18 flu related deaths in Massachusetts.
Dr. Anthony Fauci is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. He joins “Starting Point” live from NIH headquarters in Bethesda, MD this morning with more. He explains the nature of this flu outbreak and how to protect yourself from getting it. “Washing your hands is critical,” Dr. Fauci says.