Twelve states are seeing what is considered high amounts of such visits, and this activity is expected to increase over the next few weeks. That percentage has steadily climbed since the flu season began.
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.
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. Most of the time, flu activity peaks between December and February, although it can last as late as May.
Sixteen people, including two children, have died of influenza-released causes since the season began September 29, according to the California Department of Public Health.
The state's Department of Public Health reported that 5.31 percent of Georgia outpatient visits were reported as influenza-like illnesses during the week ending November 30.
More than 10 percent of respiratory symptoms tested by clinical laboratories were said to be positive for the flu virus.
The CDC said activity is driven mostly by influenza B/Victoria viruses, generally in circulation later in the season.
Since 2010, there have been an estimated 9.3 to 49 million cases of the flu each year in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the state DPH, Outer Metro Boston is reporting moderate influenza-like illness activity while all other regions in the state are reporting minimal to low ILI activity.
The majority of cases that resulted in hospitalizations were in patients older than 65 years old, according to the agency.
Flu vaccines were less effective during the last two seasons against the predominate virus.
For your readers who have not yet been vaccinated, I want them to know how critical the flu shot is for helping to prevent flu. It is important that parents speak with their doctor as soon as possible if their child develops flu symptoms, particularly children with a higher risk for flu complications.