Forecasts may soon predict flu patterns
Boston Globe - 02/03/2015
The flu comes every year. Sometimes it peaks early, surprising doctors in December with a spate of fevered patients. Other times, the virus dallies until February. Some years, influenza season comes and goes with only mild illness; once in a while, it wallops with fatal force.
In Massachusetts this season, for example, flu cases spiked around Christmastime, waned a little, and then took a sharp turn upward in January.
But now, new ventures are aiming to eliminate such surprises. Teams of researchers are devising and testing methods to chart in advance the likely start, peak, and end of flu season.