Flu season

I think I picked a good time to work from home. Via email:

The 2012-2013 season is shaping up to be one of the worst flu seasons in a while, officials from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said in a teleconference. “This is the earliest we’ve had in nearly a decade,” according to Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC.

Significant increases in flu activity have been reported in the past two weeks; 48 states and Puerto Rico have already reported cases of influenza. The activity is most intense in the South Central and Southeast; however, it shows signs of increasing across the rest of the country as well.

This season the flu has been identified with H3N2 viruses, which are typically associated with more severe seasons. The good news from the CDC is that most of these viruses are well matched to the flu vaccine this year.

Those who have had their flu shots should be well-protected. For those who have not been vaccinated, it’s not too late.

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