Based on early numbers, the country could be in for another challenging flu season, the CDC warns.

There are already 11 pediatric deaths associated with the flu and hospitals rates among very young children are high, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC has said it is “too soon to make any assessment about this season’s severity.”

Yet, it noted this month that A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses have predominated nationally to date, and this so called “swine” virus “has been associated with significant illness and severe illness among young children” since it emerged in 2009 to cause a global outbreak.

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