Five more children died of the flu last week, bringing the season total to 96, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its weekly FluView update.

But for the first time since November 2018, levels of influenza-like illness (ILI) in the United States dropped below the national baseline (2.2%) to 2.1%, after remaining elevated for 21 weeks, making 2018-2019 the longest flu season in recent years.

Typically ILI activity remains elevated for11 to 20 weeks, with an average of 16. Last week, only 4 of 10 regions reported ILI at or above their region-specific baseline level. The previous week 7 out of 10 regions had elevated ILI.

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