"This year is not a pandemic, but the high ILI is a sign of the severity of this year's flu season", said Anne Schuchat, MD, the acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Overall this season, there have been 59.9 laboratory-confirmed hospitalizations associated with influenza per 100,000 people.
"These egg-adaptations during vaccine production can lead to decreased match between the circulating viruses and the viruses in the vaccine". "We want to protect our patients, and the community from getting the flu".
The flu is still a concern across Iowa and IL, but local health officials have noticed some changes.
Dr. Gabriel Onofre, who works at the Mercy Care clinic for the poor in Chamblee, Ga., said through a spokeswoman that his clinic was awash in adults coming in with flu.
This year's flu season is as bad as the 2009 swine flu pandemic that killed about 200,000 people worldwide, the CDC revealed today.
Dr. Schuchat warned that the flu remains hard to predict, that officials don't know if the "very intense", 11-week-old season has peaked yet, and that the USA could see several more weeks of flu activity. One out of every 10 people who died in the U.S. last week died of flu or associated illness.
Lab testing data shows a classic pattern of A strains of influenza causing the most infections, but B strains gradually emerging later in the season.
We have several months of flu season remaining.
Among people of all ages, the agency monitors how deadly the virus is using estimates of the number of people killed by the flu and by pneumonia, a common complication of the flu. At this point, she said if you suspect flu, you're likely correct. The illness is widespread in all states but Hawaii and Oregon.
The number of new flu cases in New York City for the week ending on February 3 was 6,099 - up from 4,282 new cases recorded the week before, per the state health department.
Outbreaks in schools are reported whenever flu-like symptoms result in more than 5 percent absenteeism, or more than three elementary school students from the same classroom to be out sick. It's unknown if those victims had gotten a flu shot or not.
"When you look at the statewide numbers there's been a lot of deaths and if people don't get out and get protection those numbers will rise".
According to CDC experts, antiviral drugs are most effective when taken within the first 48 hours of symptoms being shown. Sick people should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It's even possible for a person to be infected with both types of the virus at once.