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December 31st, 2014
06:40 PM ET

What to do to protect your family from flu epidemic

(CNN) - A deadly outbreak spreading quickly across the U.S. has already been blamed for the deaths of 15 children.

It's the flu and the CDC today announced that it is officially an epidemic.

And while you may not see patients quarantined or treated by doctors in hazmat suits like we did when Ebola hit our shores, this flu strain is a serious concern for health professionals because it is not only dangerous, it is unpredictable and mutating.

The Centers for Disease Control reports widespread flu activity in 36 states and doctors say even if you got a flu shot, you could still get the virus.

Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children's Medical Center in Dallas, joins "The Lead" to discuss what you can do to prevent contracting the flu.

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