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CDC: Flu season over

May 31, 2012

WASHINGTON — With the unofficial start of summer behind us, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is ready to close the books on this year''s flu season, according to CNN Health.

The 2011-2012 flu season reportedly "began late and was mild compared to most previous seasons" for which they have data, the article stated.

According to the article, this latest flu season has set a new record for having the lowest and shortest peak for flu-like illness since the agency started keeping track.

"This is the first time since CDC started this kind of influenza-like-surveillance (ILI) that the percentage of patient visits for ILI was elevated for only one week of the season," said Dr. Joseph Bresee, chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch of the CDC''s Influenza Division.

A mild winter, similar flu viruses to the previous years and "steadily increasing influenza vaccination coverage in the country" might have been contributing factors in keeping the number of reported flu cases low, the article noted.

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