And activity is "starting to increase" in this season, Schultz said.
Skolnik tells us the most prevalent strain of flu is H1N1.
While Allison had mild asthma, about half of children who die from the flu are otherwise healthy, according to the CDC.
"H1N1 is the most common [strain] in most of the country", Brammer said.
Most hospitalizations have been in eastern Oklahoma, including 26 in the southeastern region. "The shot does the most good when it is given earlier in the flu season - in the fall - but if you haven't gotten yours yet it's not too late". When that strain predominated, almost 1 million Americans were hospitalized and 80,000 died.
According to the CDC, flu activity is elevated nationally. "We are urging everyone", she said.
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"The numbers that we're seeing right now we would normally see at the end of January", she said.
So far in Minnesota's 2018-19 flu season, there have been 116 hospitalizations and four deaths in total.
The 2017-18 flu season saw 228 flu deaths in Arkansas, including 172 people over the age 65 and five children under the age of 18.
For more information about flu surveillance in DE, read the weekly flu report at dhss.delaware.gov/dph/epi/influenzawkly.html. Carilion now requires all employees to take a flu shot for patients and their own protection. This year's vaccine is well matched to the circulating strains of flu and a lot of vaccine is available, Brammer added. For all ages, including children age 6 months and older.
People who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu complications and experience flu-like symptoms should see a healthcare provider promptly for possible treatment with a flu antiviral drug, says Nordlund.
It is not too late to get the flu shot, for those who have not done so yet. "Meaning if you get that vaccine it's likely to protect you this year", said Welch. But if you're sick, the CDC recommends that you stay home so you won't infect others. The most common causes of death were influenza (flu) and pneumonia, tuberculosis, and gastrointestinal infections.