Flu activity low so far this season

According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, flu activity in the U.S. has been low so far this fall, but the Centers for Disease Control predicts it will rise in the weeks and months to come.

The report stated the most of the cases of flu were found in the Southeast part of the country and that B viruses have appeared more frequently than influenza A (H3N2) and 2009 A (H1N1), Health Day reports.

Health officials noted that while the flu activity peaked last year in late October as a result of the swine flu pandemic, flu more frequently peaks during January or later.

There have also been several flu-related deaths this season, including two children under the age of five - one from Texas and one from New York.

The report said 2,807 positive flu tests from 48 states and the District of Columbia have been reported to the CDC, with 63 percent originating in the Southeast, Health Day reports. The Southeast is the only region with more influenza B cases than influenza A cases. It makes up 86 percent of the influenza B cases in total.

Influenza affects, on average, between five and 20 percent of the U.S. population each flu season. Over 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications every year.