Flu outbreak leveling off

(CBS) – The U.S. flu outbreak is leveling off. The Centers for Disease control now says 47 states are reporting widespread flu activity – down from 48 last week.  Cases are still on the rise along the West coast, and more than half of the country is still getting hit hard. 

“We’re seeing a large number of patients with flu-like symptoms,” Dr. Theodore Bania from Roosevelt Hospital said. “It may take a little longer to be seen, or be treated because there’s a large number of patients.”

Health officials recommend people 65 and older go straight to the doctor if they’re suffering flu symptoms – even if they’ve had a flu shot.

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