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Influenza: By the numbers

Influenza: By the numbers
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POSTED: Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 12:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 8:18pm

This year's flu season, which began earlier than usual, is shaping up to be one of the worst in recent years, officials have said.

By the numbers, here's a look at the flu:

3: Types of seasonal influenza viruses: A, B and C.

62%: Effectiveness rate of this year's flu vaccine.

47: States reporting widespread flu activity during the week ending January 5.

554,313: Hospital visits for symptoms of "influenza-like illness" during the week ending January 5.

111 million: Workdays lost because of sick days relating to the flu, reported in 2011.

$4.6 billion: Direct cost of flu season in the United States, including doctors' visits, hospitalizations and prescriptions.

Less than 6 months: Age of a baby too young to receive a flu shot.

20: Number of pediatric deaths reported as of January 5.

48: Number of hours the flu virus can live on surfaces.

3.2: Percentage of people who told Gallup in December that they had the flu "yesterday." This is up from 2.8% the same time a year earlier.

20 seconds: Length of time you should scrub your hands when you wash, to remove germs and bacteria adequately.

60%: Recommended amount of alcohol necessary in hand sanitizers to kill germs.

5 feet: Possible radiated distance of the spray from a sneeze. Yuck!

Up to 65: Percent increase in facial tissue sales in the wintertime.

The-CNN-Wire/Atlanta
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