CDC: Flu widespread nationwide, but cases down this year in Florida

Only Winnipeg region has had more flu cases than Northern Manitoba this season

Only Winnipeg region has had more flu cases than Northern Manitoba this season

Almost the entire state of Alabama is experiencing "widespread" flu activity, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health, indicating that flu season has entered its most virulent period.

Provisional data on how well this season's flu vaccine is working to prevent people from getting sick won't be available for at least several more weeks, according to the CDC.

Last year, when the more virulent H3N2 virus was predominant, millions more got sick, almost 1 million were hospitalized, and as many as 80,000 died, according to the CDC.

Confirming the details, Dr Farooq Jan Medical Superintendent SKIMS said that so far nine people have died due to H1N1 since September at the only tertiary care hospital. This is the first time these estimates- which cover the period from October 1, 2018 through January 5, 2019- are being provided during the flu season.

"Diagnosed cases are on the decline, a bit earlier in the season than recent years", said Gesell.

Between 6.2 million and 7.3 million people in the United States have developed the flu this season, according to data released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

These estimates are cumulative and will be updated over the course of the annual flu season on Fridays. Sixteen children have died from influenza in the USA and we are halfway through the height of the flu season.

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"Swine flu, also known as H1N1 virus is a contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract that spreads from person to person through the inhalation of respiratory droplets".

Last week, 19 states reported high flu activity, and it was widespread in 24 states.

The flu bug has officially spread across the state of Iowa.

"Here's another proactive step you can take to protect your baby", Gupta said of a flu shot. "We know that there are probably many others out there who are also sick with flu but just hadn't gone to the doctor to be tested", Anderson says.

In Oklahoma, the CDC reports flu activity is high.

Smaller provinces do keep count, although official numbers typically only capture a subset of flu cases.

The burden of the flu is falling heavily on young children this year - an age group that traditionally shows low vaccination rates, Canadian doctors say.

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