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Canadian data show that kids under 10 years may be especially vulnerable to the H1N1 strain.
Influenza illnesses can trigger asthmatic episodes that don't respond to treatment.
The risk of heart attack increases sixfold in the first 7 days after lab-confirmed flu in adults 35 and older.
Flu hospitalizations are also on the rise, with the highest levels in seniors, a pattern often seen in H3N2-dominant seasons.
Review finds evidence that N95s block infectious particles better, but no significant advantage.
More states are reporting their first cases and even deaths, but at the national level, flu levels remained low last week.
A late-season "flu B" surge serves as a reminder that it can be severe in adults, as a recent study shows.
US flu activity continues a slow decline, similar to Canada, while Europe shows mixed activity.
The CDC said flu is still hitting some states hard, but overall the disease continues to decline.
Numbers hint that season may have peaked, and obesity is being reported in many hospitalized flu patients.
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