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Nightly News   |  December 28, 2013

Flu virus spreads to 10 states affecting younger adults

NBC’s Lester Holt speaks with Dr. Meika Roberson of Hoboken University Medical Center in New Jersey about this year’s flu season.

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>>> flu. the cdc says the flu is increasing across the country. it has now become widespread in ten states, mainly in the northeast and south. almost two dozen more states are dealing with a high number of cases. for more on this, we're joined by dr. ika roberson, chief of emergency medicine at carepoint health in hoboken, new jersey. can you tell us who's most at risk? typically we hear it's the old and the young. is that holding true in this case?

>> that's not holding true in this case. in the past during the flu season it's the chronically ill and elderly. but this season it's young adults and middle aged .

>> in the winter here, right in the flu season , is it too late to get the vaccination? would that be of help?

>> it's never too late to get the vaccination in flu season . it's hitting october, november, through about april. but the height of it is the end of december to february. so this is a great time to get it. it lasts about three months and it starts becoming effective in two weeks. so this is a perfect time if you've not gotten the vaccine, to get it. anyone over the age of s6 months is recommended to get it by the cdc.

>> in terms of the matchup of this vaccine, i know it's kind of a guessing game, trying to figure out what the virus will be for the next season. did they get it right?

>> we hope they did are this is the height of the season so they'll find out a little bit more later. but what they're seeing this season is that it's the h1n1, very similar to what they saw during the swine flu epidemic in 2009 . so they're hoping that the vaccine they used then and made after then is going to be the one that will take care of everybody this season season.