Flu Season Arrives Late


The Gem State is shadowing the national trend in experiencing the latest flu season in a generation.

According to the Associated Press, there hasn't been enough official data to signal a formal start of a flu season—the latest start since 1987-1988.

On Friday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said California was the only state in the nation that was reporting widespread cases for the last two week. Missouri had also seen a smaller spike in flu-like illnesses.

Officials with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said this past week that sporadic cases of flu had cropped up across the Gem State, primarily in the north. They reminded Idahoans that it's not too late to get a flu shot, though it usually takes up to two weeks to become effective.

The news is encouraging overseas, where the Daily Mail reports that the United Kingdom is on track to experience its lowest ever level of winter flu infections.

The World Health Organization estimated that the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic resulted in 16,455 worldwide deaths.