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Health officials say it's not too late for flu shot as outbreak hits epidemic level

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Flu is widespread in nearly every state and the CDC says the number of people getting sick has reached an epidemic level.

Although it's still early, experts say the flu season may have peaked in the southeast, but it's far from over.

The flu is now widespread in 47 states sparing only California, Hawaii and Mississippi.

A new study of more than 1000 patients finds the flu shot is 62-percent effective, which is about normal for influenza vaccines. 

Doctors say the shot is considered to be a good match for 90-percent of the circulating flu bugs.

15 people have died in Indiana. Nationally, 20 children have died from the flu.  

It's not too late to get a flu shot.

Doctors say some people don't get the shot because they still believe the flu shot can give you the flu, but that's a myth.

They say it may leave you a little achy, but those symptoms can be treated with a little Tylenol. 

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