(NEW YORK) -- Flu season is gaining steam.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting widespread flu activity in 29 states--twice as many states as last week.
Hospitalizations are increasing and 11 children have died from the virus.
Maryland State Health Secretary Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, whose state is one of those impacted, says, "It happens every year. There's always a point where enough people get it and the virus is very infectious and it can be transmitted from person to person before the illness starts."
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