U.S. influenza season off to an early start; prevalent in 7 states

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In this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, an influenza vaccine injection is administered at the Brownsville Occasions Center by a pharmacist in Brownsville, Texas.

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017|10:01 a.m.

NEW YORK– This year’s influenza season is off to a flying start therefore far it appears to be dominated by a nasty bug.

Health authorities say the flu vaccine appears well matched to the infections making people sick, but it’s too early to tell how bad this season will be. The primary influenza bug this season tends to cause more deaths and hospitalizations and vaccines tend not to work also against this type.

Influenza began picking up last month. By the end of recently, seven states reported widespread flu activity: Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Virginia.

The majority of influenza seasons don’t truly start till around Christmas. That’s how last year’s influenza season played out.

The Centers for Illness Control and Prevention reported the latest information Friday.

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