CDC reports 'slight increase' in flu activity early in season

Flu season most commonly peaks between December and February, according the CDC. Through the week ending Nov. 21, the organization reported a slight ramp-up in U.S. flu activity, leading into peak months. One flu-associated pediatric death occurred, making two pediatrics deaths overall for the 2015-2016 season.

Mortality associated with flu viruses still remains below the epidemic threshold, the report says. The most commonly reported virus for the week ending Nov. 21 was influenza A viruses, with influenza A (H3) being the most common. During the same week, 1.6 percent of all U.S. outpatient visits were due to influenza-like illness. South Carolina is the only state that week to have experienced moderate influenza-like activity levels, with all other states having minimal activity.

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