Flu Widespread In N.C.

The flu is now widespread in North Carolina. There's a disturbing twist about whether the vaccine is actually protecting you from the flu.

Health officials nationwide are reporting a sudden surge in flu cases, with widespread activity here in North Carolina and 15 other states.

Why the jump? Health officials say, one of the major strains of a influenza , the most serious type, is resistant to the drug Tamiflu. It's often used to treat symptoms and was once conceived as the future defense against a severe outbreak--a pandemic.

"We're very concerned now that Tamiflu may not be as useful in pandemic circumstances or even year to year now as it has been in the past," says Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University.

Another problem, the vaccine offers no protection against
This year's b influenza which is not as serious but can still make people miserable.

One child in our state has died from flu complications this season.

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