The worst of Canada's flu season may be over, according to new national figures.
Health regulators have been trying to combat flu outbreaks in the United States and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first new flu medication in almost two decades previous year.
These estimates are cumulative and will be updated over the course of the annual flu season on Fridays.
Each year seasonal flu places a significant burden on the health of people in the United States.
In Arizona, there have been 4,510 confirmed cases of influenza this season compared to 16,144 a year ago at this time, and the flu is widespread throughout the state. Flu season typically lasts through the middle of the spring.
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"If people have not yet had the vaccine, it's not unusual that around this time, after the holidays, we might have a little bit more influenza activity", Murti said.
One death was associated with an influenza A (H3) virus, one death was associated with an influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 virus and one death was associated with an influenza A virus for which no subtyping was performed.
As many as 83,500 people have been hospitalized because of flu, federal health officials say.
The CDC released its weekly flu report for the week ending Jan 11, which also included 16 pediatric deaths related to the flu. In the past, the CDC has waited until the end of the season to release estimates of how many people have been affected by flu.
The flu is expected to affect more people, so the CDC is still recommending that people get a flu shot. "Year in and year out, people who get a flu vaccine are better off than people who do not get vaccinated", the CDC said. People who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu complications and get flu symptoms should see a health care provider early in their illness for possible treatment with a flu antiviral drug.