Flu Season: What to Know this Year

Flu is spreading across the country. Between 6 and 7 million Americans have had flu so far this season, the CDC reports. Between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized for flu-related illness.

The A strains of the flu virus are the most common so far, in particular H1N1. "There's still a lot more flu season to come," said Lynne Brammer, head of CDC's domestic influenza surveillance team. "I expect activity to continue for several more weeks."

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The CDC reports widespread flu activity in 30 states. You can see the CDC's map here.

Brammer said it's too early to tell how severe this season will be or what the mix of viruses will be. The hospitalization rate is still relatively low compared with last year, and deaths are still below epidemic levels, she said.

Since 2010, the flu has affected about 9 million to 35 million annually.

Here is what else to know about flu.

Source Credit: https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/flu-season-what-to-know-this-year