RI Heath Dept. declares flu to be widespread

By News Staff

news@abc6.com

The flu is widespread in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Nationwide, fifteen children had died from the flu this season forcing the Centers for Disease Control to declare it an epidemic.

The highest number of deaths are in Tennessee.

Health experts say the current flu vaccine isn’t a good match for this year’s strain.

RI Health Director Dr. Michael Fine declared the Flue to be widespread in the state Tuesday.

 “Flu is here in Rhode Island, and all signs indicate that this flu season is expected to be more severe than those in recent past,” said Dr. Fine. “We encourage all Rhode Islanders to protect themselves and those around them by being immunized against influenza. Our healthcare workers have an obligation to protect those they care for by getting immunized or wearing a mask as required by the Department of Health’s regulations.”

(C) WLNE/TV 2014