Illinois health officials brace for flu season

Posted: 10/22/2013

From Chicago Tribune:

It's not certain flu season will strike as it did last year, but health officials are girding for another stretch of illness after winter's viral outbreaks socked Illinois and the Chicago area.

Scientists and public health officials say they can't forecast how bad this season might be. Influenza epidemics do happen, but their timing, impact or subtypes can be erratic. The last flu season - a rather severe one, experts say - was unusual also because it peaked earlier than normal.

Nationally, World Health Organization data show the number of detected influenza A and B viruses at the peak of the 2012-13 season reached some of its highest levels since a 2009 pandemic. Read more.