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"The only thing that's predictable about the flu is that it's unpredictable," says the CDC's Tom Frieden. "Only time will tell us how long our season will last, and how moderate or severe this season will be in the end."
Friday, the CDC reported 20 people under the age of 18 have died since the outbreak started at the end of December. The Center does not track flu related deaths in adults, but states across the country are reporting double digit fatalities, like 27 deaths in Minnesota, 15 in Indiana, and 22 deaths in South Carolina.
"Generally, perfectly healthy people do not die from influenza, but it does occur," says Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci. "It's generally the elderly, very young children, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, debilitating diseases and people on certain immunosuppressive drugs."
Health officials say the strain is in the H3N2 virus which is often associated with more serious diseases.
"They may get more complications from this particular H3N2 strain, which may make them ill for a longer period of time," says the CDC's Michael Jhung.
Doctors say it's not too late to get a flu shot to try to prevent getting sick. The seasonal flu outlook changes daily. You can get the latest 24/7 by going to our website, Fox17.com, and look under HOT TOPICS.
Friday, January 11 2013, 09:16 PM CST
Victim's advocate now helps rehabilitate offenders
May 18, 2013 18:11 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Davidson County woman who says she used to hate offenders is now working to rehabilitate them.
Verna Wyatt has been a victim's advocate for more than two decades. She told The Tennessean that over time her focus began to shift toward preventing crime. She says she felt if victims could share their stories with offenders, it might help deter future criminal behavior.
Over time, she says her heart changed as she saw empathy, even tears, in the eyes of some offenders as they listened to how crimes impacted victims.
Now, Wyatt says she is spearheading more victim impact classes and organizing a statewide coalition of crime victims and survivors who can speak at correctional facilities about the impact that different crimes have had on their lives.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.