Home Health Parents News Now Flu Activity Slowing Down, Says CDC Flu Activity Slowing Down, Says CDC By Holly Lebowitz Rossi February 10, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_88796203 30164 The most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, released Friday, concludes that "influenza activity remained elevated in the United States, but decreased in most areas" in the week of January 27 to February 2, for which the latest information is available. In the latest report, 38 states reported widespread influenza activity, down from 42 the week before. Although the proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness, 3.6%, is still above the national baseline of 2.2%, it is lower than the previous week's estimate of 4.2%. The disease is still claiming lives, however. "The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was above the epidemic threshold," the report said. The number of pediatric deaths from influenza rose by 14, for a total of 59 this season. While that is more than the 34 pediatric deaths for all of last year's season, it is much lower than the 153 pediatric deaths in the 2003 to 2004 season, which saw a similar H3N2 virus responsible for a lot of illness, for example. Adult deaths due to flu are not tracked by the CDC. Image: Girl blowing nose, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Flu Activity Slowing Down, Says CDC Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.