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California already facing a deadly flu season




A box of influenza vaccine shots is seen in the MinuteClinic at the CVS/pharmacy on January 6, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 2013-2014 influenza season is starting to take off in the United States, with more than half the country reporting widespread cases of flu activity, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A box of influenza vaccine shots is seen in the MinuteClinic at the CVS/pharmacy on January 6, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 2013-2014 influenza season is starting to take off in the United States, with more than half the country reporting widespread cases of flu activity, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Flu season has finally arrived in California, and it's proving to be a bad one.

To date, nearly 100 residents of the state have died from the flu, and officials expect to confirm an additional 51 cases of flu death this week. Compare that with just nine deaths at this same time last year.

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For more on what's happening here in southern California, we're joined by Dr. Mark Morocco, professor of emergency medicine at UCLA and ER doctor at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center.