Flu outbreak hits U.S.

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The growing flu outbreak is gripping almost the entire country. 47 states are reporting widespread activity and at least 18 children have died from the virus this season. Doctors urge people to take flu vaccine to prevent being infected.

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1. Walter Vazquez, 43, gets a flu shot at  MetroHealth Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Cleveland. The flu season arrived early in the U.S. this year, but health officials and experts say it’s too early to say this will be a bad one. Experts say evidence so far is pointing to a moderate flu season – it just looks worse because last year’s season was so mild. Flu usually doesn’t blanket the country until late January or February. Now, it’s already widespread in more than 40 states. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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