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Medical News and Perspectives
December 17, 2003

Health Officials Warn Flu Season Could Be Severe

JAMA. 2003;290(23):3052-3053. doi:10.1001/jama.290.23.3052

An unusually early eruption of influenza cases, coupled with the presence of a strain of influenza virus typically linked to more severe illness and death, has US health officials worried that the nation might be facing a severe flu season this year.

"We're very concerned that the flu season has had an earlier onset than we've seen in many years," said Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in Atlanta. "And we're seeing some parts of the country that are having very high levels of widespread flu infection."

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