Notably, in the comparable report a year ago the CDC described influenza activity as "increased", which was not a word used in the weekly FluView tracking data for the week ending January 5 this year.
Three preschoolers have died in Saskatchewan as a result of the flu so far this season, according to the provincial health ministry.
Officials from the New York State Health Department announced this week that the flu is spreading rapidly throughout the state, with some hospitals reportedly limiting visitation to prevent the spread of the virus.More news: Pompeo applauds Qatar's assistance while on Mideast tour
The CDC's latest report marks the first time the agency has provided relatively current estimates for the total number of influenza cases, doctor's visits and hospitalizations during a given flu season. This year, the annual epidemic is unfolding more slowly than it did last year. None of those deaths have been children.
Statewide, 331 people have been hospitalized due to flu complications, including 38 in Oklahoma County, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. As of December 29, 2018, 13 children had died from influenza this flu season. Data presented in FluView allow CDC to track flu activity, but do not provide exact case counts, with the exception of flu-associated pediatric deaths and human infections with novel influenza A viruses, which are nationally notifiable.
The flu is expected to affect more people, so the CDC is still recommending that people get a flu shot.More news: Lion Air jet crash: Cockpit voice recorder found
It's certainly within time to still get [the flu vaccine] now.
The health agency also released new estimates of how the flu season is playing out. "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 promptly for possible treatment with a flu antiviral drug", the CDC said.More news: Eagles console Alshon Jeffery after mistake leads to interception