BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is calling on the country to spend $1 billion to develop a universal flu vaccine.
The Massachusetts Democrat said the deadly flu season shows the need for a better vaccine.
Markey called for the increased spending during a press conference Friday at Massachusetts General Hospital, which has seen 10 deaths and 150 hospitalizations related to the flu this season.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Friday confirmed that the flu season continues to intensify.
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One of every 14 visits to doctors and clinics were for symptoms of the flu, according to a CDC report covering the week ending Jan. 27. That’s the highest level since the swine flu pandemic in 2009.
Forty-two states reported high patient traffic for the flu, up from 39.