First week of February was deadliest in state for flu season

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that the current influenza season is by some measurements on par with the "swine flu" epidemic of 2009.

Mahan also says that if they have many confirmed cases, they will even go so far as to prevent visitors from bringing any outside food into the facility in order to keep the elderly safe from other peoples' germs. But peak or not, California is probably facing another six weeks or so of heightened flu activity. You can catch a different active strain.

Walters says new data published only last month shows this year's flu vaccine is in fact 55 per cent effective in Canada, not 10 per cent as first feared. The CDC said there is no evidence of antigenic drift in this year's H3N2 strain, and the explanation for this year's particularly high case numbers is still unknown.

The agency reported another 10 deaths among U.S. children this season, bringing the total to 63 so far.

The flu epidemic remains widespread in almost all states, and experts say it could be a record-breaking season.

Overall this season, there have been 59.9 laboratory-confirmed hospitalizations associated with influenza per 100,000 people.

On the subject of vaccines, Schuchat added that the Department of Health and Human Services is "looking at this season's data very carefully" and understands the "need to talk about longer-term approaches to improved flu vaccines".

Plus, the flu vaccine is not especially strong against H3N2.

As CBS2's Jessica Layton reported, the flu season is showing no signs of slowing down. As a result of the Executive Order, more than 5,400 children have been reported as being vaccinated in pharmacies. This is the third-straight week that the state health department recorded the highest number of new cases since reporting began in 2004.

Dr. Gabriel Onofre, who works at the Mercy Care clinic for the poor in Chamblee, Ga., said through a spokeswoman that his clinic was awash in adults coming in with flu.

The Health Department did not release any information on the child. CNN just reported today that this year's high flu rates only appear to still be getting worse for now.

Health officials have said this year's vaccine targets the flu viruses that are now making people sick, including the swine flu virus that has become a regular winter threat. That could set off a brand new surge here after the games end.

"We have good evidence that if you start taking antivirals within 48 hours of symptoms, you can lessen the severity of your illness", she said.

  • Joanne Flowers