Vigil held for Union County teen who died from flu

Mark Holloway passed away on Wednesday after getting the flu.

Mark Holloway passed away on Wednesday after getting the flu. (1/20/13)

WESTFIELD - A candlelight vigil was held tonight for the Union County teen who died from a flu-related illness.

Mark Holloway passed away on Wednesday after getting the flu. He is one of the several children in New Jersey to die from the virus this season.

The Department of Health has reported high levels of flu activity in every region of the state. Officials say there has also been twice as many flu-related emergency room visits compared to this time last year.

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Flu Cases

CDC Map of Flu Cases

Flu Cases on the Rise

CDC Map of Flu Cases

Flu Outbreak

From Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC Director

-20 flu deaths this season
-2 pediatric deaths this week
-24 states reporting high influenza activity
-47 states reporting widespread flu activity
-Flu season began one month ahead of schedule
-Flu season to last several more weeks
-West Coast least affected by flu
-The flu vaccine has a 62% effectiveness (in terms of preventing the need to go to the doctor to be treated)
More info at flu.gov and cdc.gov

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