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CDC: Flu is now a national epidemic

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The flu has officially been declared an epidemic in the U.S. by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Wisconsin is one of 22 states that has seen a jump in flu cases recently. 15 children have died from the flu nationwide, including three in Minnesota. While the CDC has warned that this year's vaccine may not fully protect you, health experts say getting the shot is still worth it.

"The strain that is out there causing disease is not the one that's in the vaccine, but there may be some level of cross-protection," said ABC News Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser. "I still think it's the best thing you can do to cut down on your risk."

More than a third of people tested positive for flu at a Wausau-area hospital. Experts say if you think you have the flu, stay home until you are rid of your fever for at least 24 hours.
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