And almost 80,000 died, including 180 children, according to the CDC.
So is the U.S.in for a milder flu season?
H1N1 viruses have been the most commonly identified flu viruses nationally.
Flu infections are on the rise across the United States.
The 2018-2019 flu season is fully underway, and millions of people are already affected by it. People who are very sick or who are at high risk of serious flu complications and get flu symptoms should see a health care provider early in their illness for possible treatment with a flu antiviral drug.
Until then, Americans will continue to have to keep getting vaccinated every year, which is still better than getting no flu shot at all.
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In 2009, the H1N1 flu was at pandemic levels.
The CDC estimates about 49 million people were sickened with flu last season, deemed the deadliest in decades, including 960,000 people who were hospitalized.
As with the rest of the province, this year's flu virus hit young people 15 and under harder, but the season seems to have peaked, though activity remains high.
Georgia Today quoted the country's health minister as saying that 640 people are being treated with the virus, of which 39 are in intensive care units.
The CDC usually doesn't make those estimates until a flu season is over, but researchers have been working on the model for almost a decade and believe it is sound enough to use while the season is still going on, officials said.
The report was published January 9 in the journal Birth Defects Research.
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She said the warning is especially important for parents of children under the age of five.
Experts say it's not too late to reap the benefits of a flu vaccine.
The state also tracks people visiting doctor's offices and clinics at sites throughout the state to record how many report influenzalike symptoms.
Gupta thinks that the anti-vaccine movement has created doubts about the safety of the flu vaccine during pregnancy.
But making the flu vaccine mandatory is complicated, Murti said. "That's where you can get your questions answered and your doubts cleared".
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Many pharmacies now offer on-site vaccinations. "To me, it's really a no-brainer".