Originally published in Patch.


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In the third week of January, 8.1% of deaths reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were associated with pneumonia and the seasonal flu. That’s above the epidemic threshold for this time of the year, which is normally at 7.2%.

It marks the second week in a row that deaths connected to influenza were above normal and highlights the need for people to get vaccinated for the flu even now.

About 2,800 people had influenza in the week ending January 18, 2014.

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