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Flu season was typical after a severe start

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ATLANTA (AP) — The flu season turned out to be fairly typical, despite an alarmingly severe start that killed dozens of children and flooded emergency rooms with sick kids, the government said Thursday.

The percentage of doctor visits and deaths related to the flu were above average, but other recent flu seasons appear to have been worse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. For example, a potent flu strain made the 1999-2000 season worse than this year.

"The current season was more severe than the previous three seasons but was within the range expected" for a typical flu season, CDC officials said in a study.