Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, May 31st, 1999
The flu season runs from October through May in the northern hemisphere. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not know yet how many people died this season from the flu. However, in an average flu season, there are about 20,000 deaths, and about 30,000 when the Type A-H3N2 virus hits, as it did in 1999, the CDC said.
The most fatal flu season in the past decade was 1989-90, when about 44,000 people died.
The 1998-99 flu season got off to a slow start, with few cases until mid-January. By February, the flu was...
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