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U.S records about 15,000 deaths from flu this season: CDC

  A flu vaccine is readied at the LA Care and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plans' Community Resource Center in Lynwood, Califonia.  [AP Photo]

There have been at least 22 million flu illnesses, 250,000 hospitalizations, and 15,000 deaths from flu so far this season in the United States, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Seasonal influenza activity remains elevated nationally with increases in some parts of the country.

Eight influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported during the latest week ending Feb. 3, bringing the season total to 74 pediatric deaths, according to CDC.

Over 11,000 patients were admitted to hospitals with flu in the latest week, CDC data showed.

CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccine as long as influenza viruses are spreading.

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