In Florida, health officials have reported a rise in flu activity, including two child deaths, over the past several weeks, with the northern regions of the state seeing higher incidence of illness.
In one indicator of a worsening season, the CDC reported seven pediatric flu deaths.
The flu outbreak is widespread in CT, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Iowa joined most other states in declaring the flu "widespread" across the state in the last week of 2017. The CDC is calling it an epidemic.
Morgan attributed the epidemic in part to the strain of the flu this season.
Most hospitalizations were due to influenza A infections (90%), with 6% caused by influenza B. the rest were unsubtyped or due to a mix of strains. Public health officials say they don't yet know whether the flu season is peaking earlier than normal, or if this year will be a particularly tough one for the flu.
Goldman says he is hoping for a peak in flu cases here in the next week or two or three, but says there a couple of things for Pennsylvanians to keep in mind until that break comes. "We are seeing an increase in hospitalizations but it's nothing we don't normally see during the month of January".
The Ohio Department of Health said influenza A, or H3N2, is the most common virus this season.
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Though Chen says this year's flu shot is weaker than in years past, but says that shouldn't mean a person doesn't get it.
Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Antiviral medications can lessen the severity of the symptoms and potential bad outcomes, including hospitalization and even death, and help high-risk patients recover sooner.
"We have quickly replenished our supply chain and Flu vaccinations are available at Boots Pharmacies across the country, with more stock going into stores daily".
"We also continue to recommend the flu vaccine".
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