By Beth Lawton
While people normally associate the flu with cold weather, flu season is starting now.
“Flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. in January or February. However, seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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This year’s flu season is off to a slightly slower start than last year, according to Google Flu Trends, which analyzes data based on searches for influenza and related symptoms.
That may be a good thing—last year’s flu reached “intense” levels, with local hospitals restricting visits at the height of flu season to prevent an outbreak among patients.
Children under the age of 2 and older than 65 are especially at risk for flu-related complications.