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CDC: Flu reaches epidemic levels

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The flu outbreak across the country is officially an epidemic, that's according to the Centers for Disease Control which now reports flu activity is widespread in 47 states, including Vermont.

Three people have died in Vermont so far this flu season. All three were adults, two of them elderly and all three had serious underlying medical conditions.

Vermont health officials are reporting big jumps in influenza statewide, but doctors are not required to report flu cases to the state and not everyone gets tested, so it's difficult to give an exact number of sick people.

Doctors say vaccination is the best prevention, but if you do get sick, they offer this advice:

"If you don't have other problems, if you're not having difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, getting dehydrated and you're not in those high-risk categories-- you should stay home. Don't go to work; don't go to school. Stay home," said Dr. Stephen Leffler of Fletcher Allen Health Care.

Leffler urges people who have not yet been vaccinated to go get a flu shot now. The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle counties will be holding a walk-in flu clinic Friday from 1-3 p.m. at its Prim Road location in Colchester.

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