Current Situation: 
Although influenza activity has decreased in the past few weeks, overall activity in Orange County continues to be elevated and influenza strains are expected to circulate for several more weeks to months. To date, 35 severe cases of severe influenza (less than 65 years of age and hospitalized in intensive care or who died) have been reported in Orange County, with seven deaths. Influenza A/H3 continues to be the most frequently identified virus by Orange County Public Health Laboratory so far in the season.