CDC: High flu activity remains throughout US

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March 3, 2017 - Flu activity remains elevated in all regions of the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in today's FluView surveillance report .

More pediatric deaths, elderly hospitalizations

Six more children died from flu this past week, bringing the season's pediatric death total to 40. In addition to the very young, the elderly are most at risk from complications of this year's flu.

The CDC said there have been more hospitalizations and clinical visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) at this point in the flu season than in 2012-13, another season when H3N2 strain predominated. The CDC said the cumulative overall rate is 39.4 hospitalizations per 100,000 people. During the 2012-13 flu season, the rate was (38.2 per 100,000).