CDC: Flu sea­son ap­pears milder than last year

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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.

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