The Centers for Disease Control announced the flu season has yet to reach its peak, despite a dropoff in activity in some states.
At least five states, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Washington and West Virginia, have been downgraded from widespread influenza activity but 42 others, including Mississippi, are still listed at the nation's highest flu outbreak level.
Dr. Scott Harper, a flu expert with the CDC, says child deaths from the flu also are increasing. But the C-D-C has declined to release more information on the deaths, saying a report with more information will be released Thursday.
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.
Currently in Lauderdale County, the flu vaccine is only available for young children.