Amid coronavirus fears, a second wave of flu hits US kids

NEW YORK (AP) — A second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade.

Ana Farfan reacts to getting an influenza vaccine shot at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. This flu season started early and all but two states reported widespread outbreaks by the week ended Jan. 11, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ana Farfan reacts to getting an influenza vaccine shot at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Texas, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. This flu season started early and all but two states reported widespread outbreaks by the week ended Jan. 11, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: AP Photo/LM Otero)

Health officials Friday said 92 flu-related deaths have already been reported in children.

According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been at least 26 million flu illnesses, 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths from flu this flu season.

The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get a flu vaccine.

Experts say it is potentially a bad time for an extended flu season, given concerns about the new coronavirus out of China.

If the coronavirus starts spreading in the U.S., there could be confusion about whether people are getting sick with it or the flu. Health officials are trying to use labs that test for flu to check for coronavirus, too.

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