The Center for Disease Control warns that the flu season is not over yet. 34 states, plus Puerto Rico, continue to report widespread flu activity, and 21 states, plus New York City, continue to experience high influenza-like illness activities.
The overall hospitalization rate and all age-specific hospitalization rates are now higher than the end-of-season hospitalization rates for 2014 and 2015. This year’s flu season is predicted to be a high-severity H3N2-dominant one. The CDC also reported an additional five flu-related pediatric deaths, which brings the total number of flu-related pediatric deaths reported this season to 119.
Flu activity is likely to remain elevated for several more weeks. The Center of Disease Control recommends influenza vaccination for all persons six months of age and older, as long as flu viruses are circulating.