Although the proportion of laboratory-confirmed flu cases continues to rise, and parts of the country are seeing sharp increases in activity, it's too early to say how severe the flu season will be, says Kristen Nordlund, a CDC press officer. Moderate flu activity was reported in seven states and Puerto Rico.
Flu season is picking up in the Hoosier state, according to the Indiana Department of Public Health. It was the highest flu-related death toll in at least 40 years.
Kentucky reports Louisville is one of the hardest-hit areas right now, with more than 550 confirmed cases recently and 882 cases overall this flu season.
"Last year was a record bad year", Brammer said. As with previous flu seasons, these current outbreaks are especially detrimental to children.
So far in Minnesota's 2018-19 flu season, there have been 116 hospitalizations and four deaths in total. IL has been experiencing a slightly higher activity level, earning "local activity" status, which indicates recent lab-confirmed influenza outbreaks in a single region and/or an increase in influenza-like illness cases. But two people in Wisconsin have died from the flu this season.
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There are ten states and the territory of Guam that are listed with "widespread" flu activity. The H1N1 strain used to make this year's vaccine is actually from MI. And this related to the history of people's exposure to flu.
The dominant flu strain this year is H1N1 - the same virus that was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in 2009 after it caused hundreds of thousands of deaths around the world. This year, Pedati says the vaccine is doing well against the virus strain.
Kentucky now is reporting 1,457 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu, which is comparable to this time last season's number of cases (1,411).
"With many other diseases, if we could tell you that you could take one shot that would reduce your risk of dying or going to the doctor, or even getting infected with this disease by 30 percent, that's as good as many other interventions that we have on the market".