Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

Influenza vaccine syringes seen Oct. 17, 2020, at the L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan’s Community Resource Center’s Free Drive-Thru vaccination event in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

NEW YORK — February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors’ offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not this year.