Reading While Eating for Jan. 11: The Flu Season Cometh

In today's must-read links for your lunch break: The dangers of this year's flu season and a not-so-timely resolution to the cancelation of last year's NYC Marathon.

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Luis Puentes, Director of Emergency Preparedness at Lehigh Valley Health Network's main hospital campus, applies a decal to a mobile tent set up to handle the recent influx of flu cases on January 11 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The health department has designated influenza as widespread throughout 41 states, with more than 11,000 laboratory-confirmed cases since flu season began in mid-December.

You’re Going to Get the Flu. Not definitely, but there’s a pretty good chance. This flu season is starting out as one of the worst in recent memory, and doctors are recommending vaccinations—especially for the young and elderly. (ABC News)

Now Is the Time For NYC Marathon Runners… To choose what they want to do with their deposit money after Superstorm Sandy prompted the cancellation of the 2012 race. (Runner’s World)

No Plans on Sunday Night? Tune in to the Golden Globes and play the accompanying drinking game that’s been approved by hosts Tina Fey and Amy Phoeler. (NewsFeed)

Kate Middleton’s Official Portrait Completed. It’s now hanging in the National Portrait Gallery and has not been well received. On the other hand, much of the criticism is coming from individuals who don’t have official portraits of their own, so what do they know? (BuzzFeed)

But Apparently Things Could Be Worse… Famke Janssen received a couple thumbs down for the dress she wore to the Critics’ Choice Awards. (Go Fug Yourself)

… Or Much Worse. Here are photographic portraits of people sneezing. (Flavorwire)

And Now, The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For: A Kashmiri male model will make his Paris debut this spring. (Divanee)

An Aerial View of Central Park. One point if you can spot the Metropolitan Museum of Art, five points if you can find your apartment and/or office and 100 points if you pick out the baseball field on which your team won a Little League title game in 1995. (The Daily What)

What Was Inception All About Anyway? Honest Trailers has the answer for you. (YouTube via Vulture)