The flu is soaring in seven US states and rising in others, health officials say

A flu vaccine is readied Oct. 28, at the L.A. Care and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plans’ Community Resource Center in Lynwood, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

NEW YORK — The U.S. flu season is underway, with at least seven states reporting high levels of illnesses and cases rising in other parts of the country, health officials say.