The CDC also estimates that between 2.9 million and 3.5 million people have seen a doctor because of the flu since the season began in October. Photocopier buttons are rarely wiped down and usually a hotbed mashup of several types of germs that can make you ill.
Public health officials are paying extra attention to how influenza is affecting children this year because of the resurgence of H1N1, a strain of influenza A that hits young people particularly hard and is best-known as the culprit behind the 2009-10 flu pandemic. Designing the correct immunization against flu means guessing which strain or strains will be the big ones, and then making an effective deterrent. As many as 83,500 people with the flu had been hospitalized by that date.
In Illinois, the most recent data (which also goes through January 5) shows 163 people have been hospitalized for influenza this season, and one child has died, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The U.S. saw one of the worst flu outbreaks in almost a decade during the 2017-2018 season, with more than 900,000 cases of hospitalizations and over 80,000 deaths, the CDC estimates.
There is still time to get a flu shot for the season.
The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has already advised people to take precautions to protect themselves from the flu.
At this point last flu season, a total of 11,275 cases of lab-confirmed flu had been reported.
Fortunately, there is still a fair of supply of vaccine in Saskatchewan communities, said Kristjana Gudmundson, acting director of professional practice for the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan.
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. "The system continuously evaluates the predictive power of each independent method and recalibrates how this information should be used to produce improved flu estimates", says Santillana. The first model, ARGO (AutoRegression with General Online information), leverages information from electronic health records, flu-related Google searches and historical flu activity in a given location.
Elsewhere on Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated 69,000 to 84,000 Americans were hospitalized due to the flu in the last three months. While the CDC continuously monitors patient visits for flu-like illness in the US, this information can lag up to two weeks behind real time.
Flu season is not over, and it's not too late to get vaccinated, Fry said.
She said the warning is especially important for parents of children under the age of five.