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Flu Season Hits Hard [VIDEO]
If you haven’t had the flu yet this year, chances are looking pretty good that you might get it before the season wraps up.
FOX News Radio’s Jennifer Keiper has more:
Hospitals across the country have seen an influx of flu patients. Here in the Chicago area, several have had to turn away new patients for hours on end, including Chicago’s Northwestern Hospital, where Dr. David Zich works.
(Dr. Zich) “I started seeing it about three weeks ago, and two weeks ago we were telling patients and family this is the worst flu season I’ve seen in the 12 years that I’ve been an attending here.”
Carol Koeppel-Olsen is with Fairview Ridges Hospital in suburban Minneapolis. She says of the H3N2 strain that’s going around:
(Koeppel-Olsen) “It seems to be lasting longer. The H1N1 virus peaked out in about a two- or three-week period. We have been really at peak probably for the last three weeks and we don’t really see an end in sight.”
The CDC says it takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine antibodies to develop in the body.
Jennifer Keiper, FOX News Radio.
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