Medicine: No Respecter

Flu has hit 13% of the U.S. people so far this winter, reports Pollster George Horace Gallup. With several winter months to go, it may pass the 25% mark set in the 1940-41 season. In the last half of December 1943, colds passed the former Gallup-polled peak of February 1942, by 40%. During the two-week Christmas period of Dec. 17-30, a quarter of the population had colds. All in all, 66% of the U.S. people have suffered either from colds or from flu since the winter began.

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¶Last week the U.S. death rate was pushed up sharply by the flu:...

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