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Historic Flu Season Drives Sales Across the Health-Care Industry

  • Spread of flu and response drives demand for drugs, vaccines
  • Hospitals, distributors benefit as rate of U.S. illness surges
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Flu Expected to Kill 50,000 in U.S.

A historically bad flu season has sent Americans to the doctor in droves -- and given a boost to companies across the health-care business.

Hospitalization rates for flu have reached record levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rapid spread of the illness is worrisome, with a higher-than-normal number of deaths related to flu and pneumonia, including 53 children.