Although average flu activity in the U.S. has declined slightly in the past week, the level of flu activity remains higher than normal for this time of year, said a top official for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
There are now 43 states reporting widespread flu activity, compared with 46 a week ago, said Anne Schuchat, director of the agency's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. “Even with a decrease, it is still higher than the peak in many years,” Schuchat said, adding that the typical flu season is December through May. “But nothing is typical about this season. Our expectation is that the next few weeks will be busy ones,” Schuchat said. “We may see mixing of strains.” Schuchat said that while activity has slightly declined overall, it has increased in certain areas—such as Hawaii and Maine, for example.