CDC Expects Flu to Peak in February and March

January 24, 2019

Flu activity is likely to increase in the next two to four weeks, and the highest flu activity will likely occur over the next two months, according to the latest forecast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For the week ending Jan. 12, the CDC’s weekly report said outpatient visits for flu symptoms were at or above baseline levels in all regions of the United States. However, hospitalization rates and pediatric deaths are far below what they were this time last year.

While those numbers indicate a more moderate flu season than last year, influenza “is still taking a serious toll this season,” the CDC said. So far this season the CDC believes about 6 million to 7 million people have been sick with the flu, and 19 children have died.

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