The flu is now responsible for as many as 4,000 American deaths per week and is rising

A new report appearing in Bloomberg indicates that one in 10 deaths in the U.S. is now caused by the flu or flu induced pneumonia. In other words, as many as 4,000 people per week.

The report says that so far this year the U.S. has topped the number of cases seen by the great swine flu epidemic of 2009 and we haven't hit our peak yet.

A spokesperson with the Centers for Disease Control told Bloomberg the epidemic is going to get worse and more deaths are likely to happen especially among people who are already in the hospital.

Many estimate that this year's flu vaccine may only be around 40% effective in combatting the flu.