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Fighting the flu: the limits of modern medicine

Despite vaccines and treatments, why you still could get sick

Government health officials predicted a harsher and earlier flu season this year, and so far, the forecast appears to be coming true.

Physicians in the Boston area have already reported record numbers of patients coming in with flu-like symptoms such as body aches, cough, fever, and excessive fatigue. As of late December, nearly 4,000 state residents had laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu — most had the more severe type A strain — compared with barely more than 100 confirmed cases at the same time last year.

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