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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
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
Asia stocks rise as Fed official backs easy policy
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher today after investor confidence was boosted by a Federal Reserve official's comments that the U.S. central bank should stick with its super-easy monetary policy.
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IN THE NEWS: TEENS MOVING TO TWITTER TO DODGE PARENTS, OTHER BORES
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you're one of those parents who are on Facebook in part to keep an eye on what your kids are up to -- here's a news flash: your kids are on to you and have moved to Twitter.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- From bikinis to Hawaiian shirts -- it's time to gear up for the beach.