CDC: Influenza activity "very high" in North Carolina, other southern states
The 2022 flu season is off to an early start in North Carolina.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists seven states and Washington, D.C. in the highest category for flu activity; most of them are in the southeast and North Carolina is on the list.
CDC officials say hospitalization rates for influenza haven’t been this high this early since the 2009 swine flu pandemic; so far this fall there have been about 1,300 flu deaths, including at least three children.
The CDC map isn’t based on confirmed lab tests; it tracks where people are going to the doctor with flu-like symptoms that include respiratory illness and fever, a cough or sore throat.