In Texas, 5.6 percent of patients presented with influenza-like illness, below the statewide baseline of 6.3 percent for the past week.
Rodriquez said that even if you get vaccinated in January, February or March, it's much better than not being vaccinated at all. The other two states seeing high influenza volumes are MS and Louisiana.
The agency says there have been over 1,800 confirmed cases of influenza in 54 counties and all boroughs of New York City. The case rate for Georgetown County was 32 per 100,000, while Florence County had 31. From 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. January 6, the main clinic is hosting a flu shot clinic.
According to US-CDC, most deaths occur among people aged over 75 years and in the world's poorest regions.
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Flu vaccine is available at Southcoast Health Urgent Care centers in Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Wareham and Seekonk, or ask your physician.
It's still early in the flu season, but three USA states, Louisiana, Mississippi and SC, are experiencing high "Influenza-Like Illness" activity.
While there has been a lot of discussion about vaccine efficiency after an article from Australia reported only 10 percent effectiveness this year, there's more to the story than that, Lantrip said. Getting a flu shot cannot only help you, it can also help the people around you.
Delaware's Division of Public Health is reporting the first flu-related death of the season.
Dr. Robert Caldas, Southcoast Health Chief Medical Officer, said that St. Luke's, Charlton Memorial and Tobey hospitals have diagnosed more than 40 cases so far, but the peak of flu season has yet to arrive. "About 50 percent of patients coming in with some type of upper respiratory cough, runny nose, sore throat has the flu", said nurse practitioner, Melissa Carroll.
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Children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are seen most at risk for the disease, which can be fatal.
It's still early in the flu season, and who knows for sure what direction it's going to take - it's kind of like the weather that way.
Similar activity is being seen across the province and there are also several other respiratory viruses circulating this time of year with Rhinovirus being the most common, non-influenza virus right now.
"Flu is coming, it's increasing in numbers right now, and right now is the time to get your flu shot", he said.
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