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Experts: Flu Season Has Started Slowly

October 24, 2013

The partial federal government shutdown earlier this month kept U.S. health officials from monitoring flu activity as closely as they would normally have done.

But, according to HealthDay News, there wasn’t that much to monitor.

Doctor Joe Bresee, from the Centers For Disease Control, says most of the early flu reports have come from South Carolina, Alabama and Texas.  Most other states have reported little or no activity.  Flu season normally peaks in January and February, but starts in the fall.

Still, Bresee says the nation has nearly 139 million flu vaccine doses available.  He adds this year’s flu vaccine contains dosages to fight three of the four flu viruses that are the most common today.

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