NEW YORK (AP) — This year's flu season is off to a quick start and so far it seems to be dominated by a nasty bug.
Health officials say the flu vaccine seems well matched to the viruses making people sick, but it's too early to tell how bad this season will be. The main flu bug this season tends to cause more deaths and hospitalizations and vaccines tend not to work as well against this type.
Flu began picking up last month. By the end of last week, seven states reported widespread flu activity: Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Virginia.
Most flu seasons don't really get going until around Christmas. That's how last year's flu season played out.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the latest data Friday.
- US flu season off to an early start; widespread in 7 states
- Officials: Flu now widespread across most of Alabama
- Second pediatric flu death confirmed this season
- State health officials confirm first pediatric flu death of 2018-2019 season
- MSDH reports first pediatric flu death of 2017-2018 season
- Mississippi records third pediatric flu death of 2017-18 season
- Worst of flu season may be over in Mississippi
- Mississippi health lab confirms first flu case of season
- Red snapper season ending 6 weeks early in Alabama
- Storms cause 1 death, widespread outages across Alabama