The South Is Getting Hammered By Flu Season

The southern United States has gotten absolutely slammed by influenza relative to the rest of the country, according to new data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Flu has really hit our part of the country really hard," said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. "In the last two weeks, our laboratory-documented and hospitalized flu cases have rocketed up." Flu does usually strike one part of the country first, he said; at one point, the West Coast was typically hit first, though patterns have shifted in recent years...

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