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A number of parents are concerned about the serious respiratory illnesses, including the enterovirus D68 found in the Midwest. But doctors are saying parents should be just as nervous about the flu.
This flu season is not only making people sick, it's also impacting those trying to visit patients at local hospitals.
The disease "really has reached virtually the entire component of the United States," according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
This flu season, the predominant strain is the H1N1 virus, and that could mean big trouble for businesses.
It's still early in the flu season but widespread flu is reported in Virginia, while there are fewer cases of flu right now in Maryland and D.C.
The partial shutdown of the federal government may be over, but the health effects are likely to linger.
Touching door handles, sharing toilets and shaking hands can easily spread the flu virus, especially at a time when hundreds of thousands of people travel to the District for the presidential inauguration this weekend.
For a long time, the conventional wisdom was that the cold weather was to blame for the rise in heart-related deaths during the winter, but recent research shows that is not necessarily the case.
The flu season this year has been a deadly one, with 18 children who have already died from influenza-related illness since its beginning.
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