CDC: Flu season appears milder than last year
It’s early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter’s brutal one, U.S. health officials say.
In most parts of the country, most illnesses right now are being caused by a flu strain that leads to fewer hospitalizations and deaths than the kind of flu that dominated a year ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vaccines also work better against it, said Dr. Alicia Fry, of the CDC’s flu division.
So is the U.S. in for a milder flu season? “If (this strain) continues to be the predominant virus, that is what we’d expect,” Fry said.