"In most years, a flu season lasts anywhere from six weeks to eight weeks to 10 weeks in any particular place, so we're not yet at peak, but we're hearing from hospitals across the state that many are full".
The flu is affecting people over 65 years of age the most and there have been 54 reported flu deaths in Canada this season, the FluWatch report said.
In Arizona, there are more than 11,000 confirmed flu cases. and likely thousands of others that are not confirmed.
"The flu shot that covers for influenza A is only about 20-30% effective this year", said Dr. Spire.
In San Diego county, 46 people have died from the flu.
Haggie says there are suggestions that one of the four strains of the virus contained in this year's influenza vaccine is less than ideal. Elsewhere there has been widespread media coverage of healthy adults who have died after getting the flu. They're asking patients to call them first because doctors may be able to treat them at home and patients can save some energy. In just the past week, hospitalizations have nearly doubled, going from 13.7 per 100,000 to 22.7 per 100,000.
The acting state health officer, Scott Harris, said hospitals in almost one-third of Alabama's counties are at 90 percent of their patient capacity, and some are full.
While it is showing up a little earlier than other years, Influenza B often produces a milder illness compared to strains of Influenza A, and is covered by this year's flu vaccine.
"You've had the vaccine, but you still get the flu". No influenza-related child deaths have been reported in New Hampshire as of December 30, the most recent data avaialble from the state. It's never too late, they say, as hospitals prepare to see flu cases well into the month of May.
Dan Jernigan, the director of the Influenza Division of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the season is "very active", and there are early indicators it may be severe. "While our flu vaccines are far from flawless, they are the best way to prevent getting sick from the flu and it is not too late to get one", Fitzgerald said.