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The current flu season, though severe in places, is not a pandemic

The Northern Hemisphere season is often the same as the preceding Southern Hemisphere season

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We are speaking Italian each time we say “influenza.”

It’s the “influence” of the stars on human beings that causes the sickness, according to Italian folklore from centuries past.

Influenza entered the English vocabulary in 1703, when J. Hugger of the University of E