Flu stomps the nation, overwhelming ERs and leaving 20 children dead

( CNN) The flu virus has reached nearly every corner of the nation.

Influenza activity is widespread in all states except Hawaii( and the District of Columbia ), according to the weekly flu report exhausted Friday by the US Middle for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Flu is everywhere in the US right now, ” said Dr. Dan Jernigan, head of the CDC’s influenza branch. “This is the first year we’ve had the entire continental US at the same level( of influenza undertaking) at the same time.” It has been an early influenza season that seems to be peaking now, he said, with a 5.8% increased number of laboratory-confirmed cases this week over last.