NEW YORK, NY -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that a nationwide flu outbreak seems to be accelerating with no signs of slowing down, NBC News reports.
Flu season has hit early in the United States, about five weeks ahead of schedule according to the CDC.
Twenty-nine states and New York City reported high levels of flu activity, up from 16 states and NYC the previous week. Flu was widespread in 41 states, up from 31 states, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As of the week ending December 29, over 2.250 people had been hospitalized with flu, and 18 children had died from flu complications.
The rest of NBC News' report can be read here.