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Despite some hype, the yearly flu epidemic has NOT begun in the US yet/ CDC

Posted Sep 29 2013 11:17am
From CDC:  (the numbers at the bottom of the graph refer to the year followed by the week (by week number)).  Even in the midst of summer, there are about 100 positive tests reported per week, similar to today.

INFLUENZA Virus Isolated
From CIDRAP :  Though the flu season hasn't started in the United States, media reports are starting to pop up about outbreaks, including in the Los Angeles area and in South Carolina. Paul Biddinger, MD, medical director of Emergency Department Operations at Massachusetts General Hospital told reporters that his department has already treated a few patients who have been hospitalized with influenza infections.
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