Flu infections sweep America hospitalizing thousands and leaving 18 children dead of complications, and it's going to get worse

2,257 people have been hospitalized since the start of flu season
Three-fourths of those with symptoms say the were not vaccinated
41 states have reported cases

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 11:59 EST, 5 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:19 EST, 5 January 2013

The U.S. has been hit with a particularly aggressive early flu season this year with widespread reports of the illness across the country, hospitalizing 2,257 people and leaving 18 children dead before the end of 2012.

And health officials say the numbers haven't even peaked yet.

'I think we're still accelerating,' Tom Skinner, a Center for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman, told reporters.

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