NEW YORK – This year’s flu season seems like old times.

There’s not much flu going around so far – unlike the last three seasons when doctors’ offices were filled with patients before Christmas and illnesses peaked by late December.

“It really is off to sort of a slow start” compared to that recent history, said Lynnette Brammer of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC released its weekly flu count Friday. Only South Carolina is showing significant flu-related traffic at doctor’s offices and clinics.

Traditionally, most flu seasons don’t really get going until around Christmas – possibly triggered by holiday gatherings

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