CDC: Flu Season Still Hasn't Reached Peak

January 7, 2004 - Posted at 7:50 a.m. CDT

ATLANTA, GA - Federal health officials say flu season has not reached its peak despite a drop-off in activity in some states.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least five states have been downgraded from widespread influenza activity.  They are Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Washington and West Virginia.

But Arkansas is one of 42 states listed as having widespread flu activity.  That's the nation's highest flu outbreak level.

The CDC says child deaths from the flu also are increasing.  But health officials declined to release more information on the deaths, saying a report with more information will be released tomorrow.

Previously, the CDC said 42 children have died from the flu.  The agency says about 92 children under age five typically die each flu season.

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