Flu Cases Still Low Despite Increased Doctor Visits
H1N1 flu strain most prevalent so far this season
For the first time this season, the number of people seeing their health care provider for treatment of influenza-like illness is above the national baseline, according to the weekly flu report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For the week ending November 24, the proportion of people seeing their physician for influenza-like illness was 2.3 percent, above the national baseline of 2.2 percent. Influenza A (H1N1) continues to be the most commonly identified flu virus.
Despite the increased physician visits, flu activity continues to be slow. Regional or local flu activity has been reported in 21 states. However, 28 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands only report sporadic flu activity.