There were 16 flu-related deaths reported this week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday in the weekly flu report. This brings the total number of pediatric flu-related deaths to 53 for the season which began in October.
According to the report, influenza activity is now widespread in 48 states and Puerto Rico, down from 49 states during the previous two weeks. Oregon joined Hawaii in lower activity levels for the week ending January 27.“We have not hit our peak yet, unfortunately,” said Kristen Nordlund, a spokeswoman for the CDC. “It is not going down yet. Really, the bottom line is there is still likely many more weeks to go.”