It’s official. All 50 states now have official cases of the flu.
What does it mean? Well, it means that everything is perfectly normal. Flu season typically peaks in February and continues into late March, and doctors says there is still time to get a flu shot.
Pediatric deaths are up to 30 in February so far according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“We still have a lot of flu out there,” said CDC spokesman Tom Skinner. “We saw activity really start to pick up in December, and it has continued through January into February, which is normal…”
“This year we are seeing a very typical flu season,” noted expert, Dr. Marc Siegel. “The time is right on target. This is when you see the peak of flu season.”
Each year 200,000 Americans are hospitalized and 37,000 die from flu.
Skinner says that it’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. “Flu activity is going to continue into March,” he said. “There is plenty of vaccine out there, and we encourage vaccination throughout the season.”