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Holidays Bring Flu as Virus Hits Young Adults at Year End

Family gatherings helped spread influenza during the 2013 holiday season, as the pace of flu reports jumped at year end, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 4.3 percent of doctor visits during the week ended Dec. 28 were for complaints of flu-like symptoms such as fever, coughs and sore throats, more than double the national baseline of 2 percent, and a 50 percent increase from the week earlier, the CDC said. While the outbreak is mimicking last year’s fast and intense season, though delayed by a few weeks, the illness is hitting hardest in a different group of patients.
 
 

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