The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that at least 8,700,000 cases, 78,000 hospitalizations and 4,500 deaths have been detected since the beginning of October.
Plus, during the past week, two more children deaths due to respiratory infections were reported, bringing the country´s overall toll to 14.
“Levels of flu-like illness, which include people going to the doctor with fever and cough or sore throat, are high or very high in 47 jurisdictions, and that’s up from 36 last week,” said Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director.
Walensky added that reported hospital admissions for influenza, already high for this time of year, nearly doubled over the past few days compared to the previous week.
According to other agency data, about 26% of U.S. adults have received one flu shot, slightly more than the coverage of immunizers administered this time last year.