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CDC: Second Wave of Flu Hitting US, Especially Northeast
By Joe Gullo
ATLANTA - Flu season, it should be over, but public health officials are saying, not so fast. It seems we are seeing a second wave of flu hitting the U.S., especially in the Northeast.
It should have ended around March, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu season has not left the U.S.
Federal health officials are saying there are still reports of widespread flu activity in a number of Northeast states, including Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and New York.
Doctors say the flu season usually begins in December, peaks in January and then wanes around the beginning of spring. The CDC noted that most of the illnesses during peak season were caused by the swine flu or the H1N1 strain.
Public health officials say the flu strain responsible for the latest outbreak is influenza B. They also noted that anyone who was vaccinated during the 2013-2014 season should be protected.