In Georgia, records show there was a surge in the number of reported flu cases in the final week of past year. About 60 million Americans came down with flu, as many as 400,000 were hospitalized, and up to 18,000 died, the CDC reported.
More than 6 million people have been sick with influenza this season, according to data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but IL numbers show this season, so far, hasn't been as severe as last year's.
The message to get vaccinated seems to be sinking in, with more people taking advantage of flu shots at pharmacies every year, said Gudmundson.
It's prime-time flu season and despite some recent upticks in the number of flu cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of flu cases in Florida is down compared to this time past year.
When the approach, called ARGONet, was applied to flu seasons from September 2014 to May 2017, it made more accurate predictions than the team's earlier high-performing forecasting approach, ARGO, in more than 75 percent of the states studied. Although the yearly impact of influenza varies, it affects the health of New Yorkers each season.
Doctors are urging everyone - especially the very young or very old - to go get a flu shot as soon as possible.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control indicates that the flu is now widespread in Indiana.
The health agency also released new estimates of how the flu season is playing out.
The flu bug has officially spread across the state of Iowa.
A 3-year-old girl died of the flu in suburban Chicago on December 22, marking the state's first pediatric flu death of the season. Flu usually takes off after Christmas and peaks around February. Vaccines are also working better against it.
The cumulative burden of influenza is an estimate of the number of people who have been sick, seen a healthcare provider, been hospitalized, or died as a result of influenza since October 01, 2018. These offices are the only place children under five can get their vaccinations, with that age group identified as one of the at-risk groups in this flu season. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later.