Flu Season Off to a Roaring Start

Flu Season Off to a Roaring Start

US influenza hospitalizations are the highest they have been in the last 12 years at this point in the season, according to a new government report.

More than 2,300 patients were admitted to US hospitals during the week ending Oct. 22 for the viral infection and at least one child has died of the flu since the current season began, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC also says the US Southeast and South-central regions are hotspots for the outbreak at the current time.

While some people may have been waiting to get vaccinated during peak season to optimize protection, experts are urging immunization as soon as possible to avoid harm.