Forecasts may soon predict flu patterns

February 5, 2015 6:20 PM

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Forecasts may soon predict flu patterns

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.

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