The CDC has confirmed the ninth pediatric death from influenza last week, but says overall mortality for flu and pneumonia is below average, so far.

The CDC estimates 12,000 to 56,000 people may die from the flu each year.

The percentage of people going to their doctors for something that looked like the flu for the week that ended on December 16 also increased quite a bit; nearly 3.5% of visits last week were for flu-like symptoms, up from 2.6% the week before.