THE AMERICAN JOURNAL

The Flu Season That Fizzled

This has been a flu season like few others.

Normally at this time of year, influenza is rampant in the U.S., prompting hundreds of thousands of people to stay home in the dead of winter with fever, aches and pains.

Flu Tracker

Now, after raging through college campuses and communities last summer and fall, cases of the new H1N1 swine flu virus have dwindled to a trickle, and run-of-the-mill seasonal flu has barely made an appearance. Not one state reported widespread flu illness to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the week ended Feb. 20, the latest data available. The percentage of all doctors’ visits by patients with influenza-like symptoms has dropped from a high of 7.8% in late October—the largest peak since the agency began surveillance in 1997—to 1.8% in late February, well below the norm for flu season.

Read more: WSJ

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March 2, 2010 - Posted by | 398 |

1 Comment »

  1. Here’s my two cents. Because of the severe snow season, less people left their homes (including going to work and school)thus did not pass the virus around to the extent they normally would have.

    Comment by MTR | March 2, 2010 | Reply


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