Deadly Flu Season Causes Panic in the United States
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A tent is set up for a patients with flu symptoms just outside the emergency entrance at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa. The Pennsylvania Department of Health designated flu as "widespread" throughout the commonwealth. There have been more than 11,000 laboratory-confirmed flu cases in the state since the flu season began in mid-December.
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Four-year-old Gabriella Diaz sits as a nurse administers a flu shot at the Whittier Street Health Center in Boston, Mass. Boston declared a public health emergency Jan. 9 as the city tried to deal with a harsh flu season with 18 flu-related deaths so far.
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A nurse administers a flu shot to Russell Waddey at the CVS/pharmacy's MinuteClinic in Miami, Fla.
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A nurse administers a flu shot to a patient at the Whittier Street Health Center in Boston, Mass.
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Dr. Meeta Khan wears a face mask as she examines a respiratory patient at the Rush University Hospital emergency department in Chicago.
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Pam Horn administers the flu vaccine to employee Michael Karolitzky at Philly Flu Shots in Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Department of Health says flu is now "widespread" throughout the state and things are likely only going to get worse because the season typically doesn't peak until the middle of January.
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Physician assistants Scott Fillman and Andrew Hunadi take a break between patients in a tent set up for a people with flu symptoms at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pa.
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Nurses look for a box of flu vacinations at the Premier Care walk-in health clinic which administers flu shots in New York City.
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Mary Ann Werner is given a flu shot in New York. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that this year's flu season is expected to be one of the worst the country has seen in 10 years.
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Bill Staples, a Mississippi Department of Health employee, is given a flu shot in Jackson, Miss.