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Fewer visits to the doctor for the flu may indicate that the season is winding down, but state health officials are not ready to declare the worst is over, just yet.

It's shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in years.

If you are one of the thousands of Americans who are sick with the flu, this one's for you.

From Texas Standard.

It’s been a costly and deadly flu season in Texas and across the country. State health records released earlier this month indicate nearly 3,000 adult Texans have died from either the flu or pneumonia. Many of those who died were over the age of 65. Five pediatric deaths have also been reported.

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The flu is particularly nasty this year, with reported cases in all 49 contiguous U.S. states and at least 2,300 flu-related deaths in Texas alone. 

The virus is spread from person to person and can live up to 48 hours after being left on a surface. 

The current flu season is still getting worse, federal health officials said Friday. And it continues to take a toll on children.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an additional 16 flu deaths among children, bringing the nationwide total this season for youngsters to 53.