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Finally, the flu season is winding down

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly surveillance for the last week showed that illness activity had peaked and started to drop in the eighth week of the y ear.

"We have definitely peaked," CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said, quickly adding, "that doesn't mean we aren't going to see more flu activity."

And as long as flu continues to circulate in your community, the CDC recommends that you get a flu shot, she said.

Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, North Dakota, Tennessee and Washington experienced low activity of flu-like illness, while Florida, Maine and Montana saw minimal activity for the week ending February 24.

But it's not over yet

"Where we are at now is still the peak we saw last season," Nordlund said. Last year was a relatively mild season for influenza.

"There's still high activity and many more weeks of flu season to go," she said.

In fact, high flu-like illness activity continued in New York City, the District of Columbia and the remaining 32 states.

The CDC reported 17 additional flu-related deaths in children, raising the total to 114 pediatric deaths for the 2017-18 season, which began October 1. There were 101 pediatric flu deaths last season.


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