When the approach, called ARGONet, was applied to flu seasons from September 2014 to May 2017, it made more accurate predictions than the team's earlier high-performing forecasting approach, ARGO, in more than 75 percent of the states studied.
Each year seasonal flu places a significant burden on the health of people in the United States.
The Indiana State Department of Health says four people have died of the flu so far this season.
The message to get vaccinated seems to be sinking in, with more people taking advantage of flu shots at pharmacies every year, said Gudmundson.
The department in its weekly influenza report Friday for the week ending January 5 says three of the people who died were over 65 and one was between ages 50 and 64.
So far this season, 165 people in Minnesota have been hospitalized because of the flu. Authorities expect the flu activity to persist for weeks, and they continue to recommend getting the flu shot as the first line of defense against the flu and the potentially harmful complications associated with it. Flu usually takes off after Christmas and peaks around February.
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Death estimates for adults who contracted the flu are not yet available, but as of late December, the CDC said that about 6% of deaths nationwide were due to influenza or pneumonia.
A complete dashboard tracking flu cases in NY from the Department of Health can be found here .
The H1N1 flu strain, commonly known as swine flu, is spreading throughout Georgia. "If you see signs of flu we do encourage you to get evaluated soon so that you can limit its spread".
Six people have died from the flu in Saskatchewan so far, with three of those victims being children less than six years old. "The system continuously evaluates the predictive power of each independent method and recalibrates how this information should be used to produce improved flu estimates", says Santillana.
She said the warning is especially important for parents of children under the age of five. This year - in Saskatchewan at least - he said children with flu symptoms should see a health professional right away. People are being encouraged to get flu shots even through the vaccine has been only 30% effective in combating the influenza.