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The percentage of people visiting the doctor for influenza-like illness jumped from 3.3% to 3.8%, and hospitalization rates continue to climb.
All 10 US regions are showing elevated flulike illness, and pediatric deaths have reached 22.
Japanese researchers describe two H3N2 flu viruses with mutations that may increase antiviral resistance.
Three more pediatric flu deaths were reported, bringing to 19 the number of deaths in children this season.
The CDC estimates 2.9 million to 3.5 million have needed to see a doctor, and up to 83,500 have been hospitalized for flu.
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