"CDC estimated that during seasons like those, influenza accounted for as many as 35.6 million illnesses, 16.6 million medically attended visits, 710,000 hospitalizations, and 56,000 deaths".
The number of patients with flu symptoms seeking treatment at Patient First in Midlothian has also declined over the past two weeks, to numbers more typical for this time of year, says staff physician Elizabeth Jenkins.
And, as health officials predicted, cases of less severe influenza B infections have now eclipsed cases of more severe influenza A infections.
"We're certainly seeing less states with high influenza-like illness activity, and it seems like things are easing up a little bit on the East Coast and in the Midwest", Nordlund said.
Six "collaboration centres" make the final pick, eight to ten months ahead of the impending flu season.
Gundersen Health System in La Crosse has not seen any flu-related hospitalizations yet in March.
In essence, flu season peaked in late January on the Grand Strand.
Meanwhile, the confirmed death toll from this flu season increased to 118 from 98, the state's Department of Public Health reported.
According to the report, 3.7% of people who visited their doctors complained of flu-like illness for the week ending March 3. The e-mail included a reminder for students that they would still be responsible for making up any missed assignments and exams should they become ill, but it also sent messages to faculty asking them to assist students in getting back up to speed after a verified bout with the flu.
New Zealand's Immunisation Advisory Centre says the flu vaccine has been delayed this year - because it is being altered to better protect us.
Cabaj said the flu vaccine target set by Alberta Health this season was 35 per cent of the population - a goal that hasn't yet been reached.
Health officials said the boy who died had underlying medical conditions. The deaths were associated with H3N2, H1N1 and influenza B strains - "all of the different types of influenza are causing these deaths", Jernigan noted. The CDC recommends that you stay at home for at least 24 hours after a fever is gone, except to get medical care.
Even though flu numbers are higher than previous years across the board, the Northern Zone of Nova Scotia, which includes Colchester, Cumberland and parts of Inverness county among others, has been the least affected by influenza, with only 32 confirmed cases so far.