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The CDC is calling this year's flu season an epidemic , hospital wait times up

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now calling this year’s flu season an epidemic across the country.

SAN ANTONIO – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now calling this year’s flu season an epidemic across the country.

Hospitals in San Antonio are full and emergency room wait times are long.

At Dr. Stephen Ramirez’s clinic in Stone Oak, it’s been patient after patient diagnosed.

“About 60% of my patient population. That's very unusual for my practice,” said Dr. Ramirez.

The CDC is tracking flu cases. So far, there have been 53 pediatric deaths nationwide, according to recent CDC numbers.

At the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, 1,134 children tested positive for the flu during the month of January, compared to last year, when it was at 170.

“We are having a doubling, or a tripling amount of flu cases coming in. This is probably the greatest flu outbreak, now epidemic,” added Ramirez.

Metro Health is offering free vaccinations at its immunization clinic located at 1226 Northwest 18th St. If you have any questions, call: 210-207-8894.

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