1. US flu season poised to be milder than last year's  Manteca Bulletin
  2. CDC says it's another bad flu season with up to 7.3 million people sick so far  CNBC
  3. Up to 84,000 Americans hospitalized with flu in past three months: CDC  Reuters
  4. CDC To Track Flu Season In Real Time  CBS New York
  5. 7 million Americans have the flu - but it is MUCH less deadly than last year, CDC reveals  Daily Mail
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NEW YORK (AP) — It’s early, but the current flu season is shaping up to be gentler than last winter’s unusually brutal one, U.S. health officials said.

An estimated 69,000 to 84,000 Americans were hospitalized due to the flu in the last three months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday.

CBS2's Dr. Max Gomez has the latest on the CDC's plan to track this year's flu season with real time data.

Experts say the promising news is that the flu shot appears much more effective at fending off infection this year, so they urge as many people to get it as soon as possible.