Although health care officials can't be certain until after the flu season, it appears that this year's vaccine was fairly effective.
If the current strain continues to be the predominant virus, it is what the head of the epidemiology and prevention branch of CDC's flu division expects.
Flu infections are on the rise across the United States. Milder Flu Season According to the CDC, the data shows that this year's flu season is so far milder in severity than last year's flu season in the similar time frame.
Antiviral drugs are the second line of defense against the flu, and anyone who are ill or are have high risks for flu complications are recommended to see a health care provider early on in the illness so they can be treated with the said drugs.
The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has already advised people to take precautions to protect themselves from the flu.
The CDC usually doesn't make those estimates until a flu season is over, but researchers have been working on the model for almost a decade and believe it is sound enough to use while the season is still going on, officials said. The agency estimates that between 6.2 and 7.3 million people had been sick with the flu as of January 5, and about half of them had seen a doctor because of it.
This brings the total children to die from the flu this season to 16, 12 females and 4 males.
Roughly 70,000 to 80,000 have been hospitalized. A new study, led by the Computational Health Informatics Program (CHIP) at Boston Children's Hospital, combines two forecasting methods with machine learning (artificial intelligence) to estimate local flu activity. However, these numbers are estimated using a mathematical model, based on observed rates of laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations.
Northern Manitoba has been hit hard in the 2018-19 flu season, with 130 influenza cases from September 1 to December 29, second only to Winnipeg which had 210.
Montana's Stacey Anderson says, "We all remember last year, it was quite an exceptional influenza year. So especially if you're doing a lot of traveling, it's never too late to get a vaccine".