What happened to flu season?

[KSTP TV, January 26, 2016] Local doctors are cautiously optimistic and somewhat surprised by this year's flu season, because there really hasn't been one. Last year 4,153 people were hospitalized with the flu in Minnesota. So far this winter it's only 63.

Allina Health Clinics infectious disease specialist Dr. Frank Rhame says historically flu season peaks in December or January. If that holds true, we may get through this winter without much damage.

"This is about as late as it's ever started in the season," said Rhame. "So if it doesn't start in the next two or three weeks it will be unprecedented. If it does starts in the next weeks, it's probably going to be one of those seasons where there's much less of it than usual."

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