A laboratory-confirmed positive case is of a person who is tested in a health care setting and does not include cases diagnosed without a lab test or of people who did not seek medical attention, she said. More than 200 people have been hospitalized for the flu.
Recent studies show flu vaccine reduces the risk of flu illness by about 50 to 60 percent among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are like the vaccine viruses. Nationwide, 185 child deaths have been attributed to the flu - and about 80 percent of those kids had not received their flu shots.More news: 'Fortnite' will host a Marshmello concert this weekend
This flu season started weeks earlier than expected.
State health officials say it's not late to get a flu vaccine and encourage people to do so.More news: Mystery illness sees Canada halve its Cuba embassy staff
It comes as Australia is on track to record its worst summer flu season in years, prompting a warning from doctors not to be complacent about vaccinations and hygiene.
Meanwhile, Indiana is experiencing regional flu activity.More news: Ghosn blames 'rivals' inside Nissan for arrest, denies allegations
Vermont health officials have reported about 20 outbreaks of flu this season in the state so far, and they expect that number to rise.