ABOUT 20,000 people have died from the flu, and more than 34 million people have been infected this season, the CDC says.
There have been 136 flu-related deaths in children, a higher total than every season since reporting began in 2004-2005, with the exception of the 2009 pandemic.
About 350,000 have also been hospitalized with the flu, according to the CDC.
"The influenza virus is causing significant morbidity and mortality across the country," Dr. Henry Bernstein of the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Hempstead, NY told NBC News.
"Activity is still widespread, and it's been particularly harsh on children."
He added that the influenza B strain is usually tougher on kids while the influenza A strain is more common now.
"It's the influenza B predominance at the beginning of the season for the first several months, that's always problematic for children and that may have raised the morbidity and mortality, and it's just continuing at this point," he told NBC.
The CDC said that hospitality rates among schoolchildren and young adults are higher than in recent seasons, and the rates among children 0-4 are now "the highest on record" at this point in the season.
While the flu has taken 20,000 lives, the coronavirus, by comparison, has killed 3,400 but has emerged in more than 90 countries.
There have been 22 coronavirus deaths in the US, but that number continues to rise.
"I know coronavirus seems to have everyone's attention, but I would encourage people to remember that seasonal flu happens every year and we are in the midst of a flu season that's been quite problematic for children," Bernstein told NBC.
The doctor says it's not too late to get a flu shot.
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