After early start, worst of flu season may be over

Monday - 2/11/2013, 6:52pm EST

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 28 , 2013 file photo, Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrance, reacts as he receives a flu shot from Tyler Poncy, a licensed vocational nurse during a free flu vaccine clinic at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Health officials say the worst of the flu season appears to be over. The number of states reporting intense or widespread flu dropped again in late January 2013. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the latest flu numbers on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

MIKE STOBBE
AP Medical Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- The worst of the flu season appears to be over.

The number of states reporting intense or widespread illnesses dropped again last week, and in a few states there was very little flu going around, U.S. health officials said Friday.

The season started earlier than normal, first in the Southeast and then spreading. But now, by
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