Tuesday, January 12, 2016 02:00 AM


By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, Jan. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Flu[1] activity remains low in the United States, possibly due to the mild temperatures that have blanketed much of the nation, federal health officials said Friday.

But officials expect flu activity to pick up in the next few weeks, so anyone who hasn't gotten a flu shot[2] should get one now.

"Flu is relatively low, but it's starting to increase and there is still time to get vaccinated," said Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist in the influenza[3] division at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This year's slow start to the flu season isn't out of the ordinary -- other flu seasons have had the same pattern, Brammer said.

"The last three years' flu season was earlier than normal, so this one feels late," she said. "But this is really not unusual for flu season."

Brammer expects flu activity to pick up in the next few weeks. In past similar flu seasons, the peak didn't come until ...

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