- The Washington Times - Friday, February 21, 2014

This year’s flu season is hitting young and middle-aged adults particularly hard, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

People aged 18 to 64 accounted for 61 percent of hospitalizations from influenza — up from the previous three seasons, when the age group comprised about 35 percent. Flu deaths followed the same pattern, the CDC reported this week.

The centers said getting a flu vaccine reduced a person’s risk of having to go to the doctor because of flu-related illness by about 60 percent across all ages.

Flu season is likely to last for several more weeks, the CDC said, and its acuity will vary from state to state.

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