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"These new in-season estimates fill out the picture of the burden of flu in the United States", the agency said in a statement, adding that they will be updated weekly.

If the current strain continues to be the predominant virus, it is what the head of the epidemiology and prevention branch of CDC's flu division expects.

At least six children under the age of 10 died after falling ill with the flu so far this season, according to the federal report, which uses information from 12 pediatric hospitals across Canada.

At this point last flu season, a total of 11,275 cases of lab-confirmed flu had been reported.

Doctors maintain the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves against the flu is to get an annual flu shot.

"The system continuously evaluates the predictive power of each independent method and recalibrates how this information should be used to produce improved flu estimates", says Santillana. CDC has estimated the burden of flu since 2010.

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We're in the midst of flu season, and millions of people have caught the virus already.

As of December 29, the most recent data available from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), there were 13,796 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases across the country, with the provinces and territories reporting 1,046 hospitalizations and 24 deaths.

Half went to their doctor for help, and up to 84,000 were so sick they had to be hospitalized.

Seven children have died from the flu so far this season, according to the CDC.

Some doctors and nurses were anxious going into this flu season, considering how bad previous year was, said Dr. James Steinberg, chief medical officer at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta. Furthermore, this week's overall hospitalization rate is at 9.1 per 100,000, but at the same time a year ago the hospitalization rate was at 30.5 per 100,000.

When the approach, called ARGONet, was applied to flu seasons from September 2014 to May 2017, it made more accurate predictions than the team's earlier high-performing forecasting approach, ARGO, in more than 75 percent of the states studied. People are being encouraged to get flu shots even through the vaccine has been only 30% effective in combating the influenza.

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