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CDC on flu deaths: "Very sobering statistics"

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- Nationwide, deaths from pneumonia and flu-like illnesses have passed with the Centers for Disease Control consider an epidemic level.

About 6 percent of all doctor visits are for flu-like illnesses, levels not normally seen until later in the fall. 

Federal health officials said Friday, 11 more children have died in the past week. That includes a 1-year-old girl from Cashton, WI.

The CDC says about half of the deaths since September have been among teenagers.

Dr. Anne Schuchat, with the CDC, calls these "very sobering statistics."



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