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The Big Number: The flu has hit at least 22 million people in the U.S. so far

Four months into the flu season, at least 22 million U.S. residents have contracted influenza - and possibly as many as 31 million people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those afflicted,about 210,000 have been hospitalized and at least 12,000 have died of the flu, including 78 children as of Feb. 7.

Flu blamed for death of another child in Washington state

A Pierce County child under the age of 5 died from flu-related complications according to the Tacoma Pierce Health Department, and doctors say it’s the same strain of virus that led to the death of a child in King County last week.