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CDC: Earliest start to flu season in decades

December 6, 2012

WASHINGTON — Influenza season is off to its earliest start in nearly 10 years, and it could be an especially bad one for some Americans, according to CBS News.

flu shot 1During a press conference earlier this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that suspected flu cases have jumped in five Southern states, and the primary strain circulating is one that tends to make people sicker, especially the elderly, the article stated.

According to the article, the CDC has to go back to the winter of 2003-2004 to find a flu season that started this early.

"It looks like it's shaping up to be a bad flu season, but only time will tell," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC.

On a positive note, the nation seems to be fairly well prepared, with more than a third of Americans already vaccinated, and the vaccine seems to be matched well to the strains of flu seen so far, the article noted.

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