The organization estimates that flu has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses each year in the United States and several deaths.
The number of confirmed flu cases reported to the Oneida County Health Department for the current season increased by more than 40 percent in just one week as flu is still considered widespread throughout NY.
The message to get vaccinated seems to be sinking in, with more people taking advantage of flu shots at pharmacies every year, said Gudmundson.
"Last year was a very nasty flu season with a great number of hospitalizations as well as fatalities, specifically in the elderly and the very young", Roby said.
This year, the CDC will track the flu during the course of the season, which began in October. However, the season is less intense so far than last year, with the rate of influenza-like illness 3.5 percent compared to a peak of 7.5 percent last year.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control indicates that the flu is now widespread in Indiana.
A complete dashboard tracking flu cases in NY from the Department of Health can be found here .
The flu is now widespread in Alabama - and it's expected to increase, federal health officials reported.
Other states are experiencing moderate and low flu activity. The first model, ARGO (AutoRegression with General Online information), leverages information from electronic health records, flu-related Google searches and historical flu activity in a given location.
The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has already advised people to take precautions to protect themselves from the flu.
Flu vaccines are available at the Auburn University Medical Clinic, as well as at many area drugstores and clinics. "If you see signs of flu we do encourage you to get evaluated soon so that you can limit its spread".
Women with the flu who weren't hospitalized or were hospitalized but not admitted to the intensive care unit didn't have significantly higher risks for any of the complications studied, the researchers said.
"We decided that this year, we would try to release these preliminary numbers of illnesses each week so that we could give people a better picture, " said Alicia Fry, who heads CDC's epidemiology and prevention branch in the influenza division.