In addition, two influenza-associated deaths in children under the age of 18 have been reported to CDPH.
According to the latest FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released Friday, there were more than 3,100 confirmed new cases of the flu in the USA during the week ending November 30.
Nancy Nydam, a Public Health spokeswoman, told Georgia Health News that "it's too early" to characterize this flu season in comparison to previous ones.
Getting vaccinated is the best defense against the flu.
"On an average flu season, there are about 36,000 flu deaths, you know, in an average year", Tarrant County Public Health Director Vinny Taneja said.More news: Gov. Northam halts policy after prison guards strip-search girl
With the holidays coming up soon it may be a good time to make sure you have received your flu shot.
Stay away from people who are sick and stay home when you or your child are sick.
Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
CDPH recommends the annual flu vaccination for everyone six months of age and older.More news: Prabhudheva: 'Dabangg 3' is exactly how we want to see Salman Khan
The government-funded vaccine this year, which would be provided in three phases to people in higher-risk categories, is a quadrivalent vaccine that protects against two strains of influenza A and two strain of influenza B, it said. Pregnant women, adults 65 years of age and older and people with chronic conditions-- such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and asthma-- are particularly at risk for flu-related complications, the CDPH said.
"It really depends on what viruses are circulating".
Unlike many vaccines, which may only need to be administered once or twice in a lifetime, people need to get a flu vaccine every year. Vaccination can moderate flu symptoms even in individuals who get sick from the virus, and high vaccination rates helps reduce the spread of the highly contagious respiratory disease.
Across the USA and in California, we now have an outbreak of acute lung disease associated with vaping. Most of the time, flu activity peaks between December and February, although it can last as late as May.
For more information about the flu, visit CDPH's website.More news: More than 100 people sick from E.coli outbreak in romaine lettuce