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Nation reaches flu "epidemic" level

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The Centers for Disease Control says the United States is officially within the epidemic level for flu cases this season; it's reached widespread status in 36 states, including Iowa.

By the 1st of the year, 15 children had died from the flu nationwide and flu-related hospitalizations for people 65 and up are nearly 40 per 100,000 people.

One of the reasons the flu's been so problematic this year is because the strain has mutated to make the vaccine less effective, according to the CDC.

Flu activity typically peaks between December and February.

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