4th flu death of the season occurs in Indiana

Flu taking toll in California, other states, but having milder impact nationwide, data show

In a press release, the CDC said an estimated 6.2 million to 7.3 million people have been sick with the flu this season, and up to half of those have sought medical care for flu.

"Calculations are based on adjusted rates of laboratory-confirmed, influenza-associated hospitalizations collected through a surveillance network that covers approximately 8.5 percent of the USA population, or about 27 million people", the CDC said.

Health regulators have been trying to combat flu outbreaks in the United States and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first new flu medication in almost two decades previous year.

Death estimates for adults who contracted the flu are not yet available, but as of late December, the CDC said that about 6% of deaths nationwide were due to influenza or pneumonia.

In most parts of the country, most illnesses right now are being caused by a flu strain that leads to fewer hospitalizations and deaths as the kind of flu that dominated a year ago, according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Each year seasonal flu places a significant burden on the health of people in the United States.


These estimates are cumulative and will be updated over the course of the annual flu season on Fridays.

As the flu season is just beginning to peak, numbers of people showing symptoms or are considered with the sickness skyrocket. About 70,000 to 84,000 people have been hospitalized with the flu, the agency said.

The CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October, though there is still time to get vaccinated.

Quick treatment can save lives, the CDC said. Flu is widespread in 30 states, according to the latest data, and the season is expected to last for several more weeks.

She and other public-health experts urged Canadians who have not yet been vaccinated to get the shot as soon as possible.

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