CDC: Flu Season Mild So Far

Officials warn against false sense of security

A top official at the Centers for Disease Control says that while the flu season has been mild so far, continued vigilance is the key. The director of the coordinating center for infectious diseases, Doctor Mitchell Cohen, has told a Senate panel the flu "is one of the most unpredictable diseases." Meanwhile, the acting head of the Food and Drug Administration says Congress needs to come up with money to help find new ways to make flu vaccine. Lester Crawford says that's the only way to make sure the US doesn't face a repeat of the current shortage, which was caused by production problem in Britain. Crawford was told by Senator Larry Craig yesterday the current budget contains 100 million dollars for that research.

CDC Director Doctor Julie Gerberding today appears before a House panel that's investigating the shortage.