CDC: This Flu Season Is Worse Than Last Year

This flu season is on pace to be worse than last year’s, according to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC, 24,001 flu tests in the last week of December (the latest numbers available) yielded 7,289 – about 30 percent – positive results. That’s a marked increase from the same week in 2013, when 1,711 of the 6,419 tests – about 27 percent – came back positive. David Hirschwerk, MD, attending infectious disease physician at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, says the season typically revs up in January and there can be a few spikes, plateaus and dips before the end of the season.

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