(CNN/Meredith) – The grip of the flu season could finally be weakening according to the CDC. Doctors said for the first time this winter, the number of people going to the doctor for flu-like symptoms has come down.
But the CDC cautioned that the flu is still widespread, with half the country experiencing high activity.
For the week ending February 17th, flu activity remained elevated in most states.
Five states - Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Utah, and Wisconsin, reported moderate activity of flu-like illness.
Three states - Florida, Idaho, and Washington, experienced low activity.
Three other states - Maine, Montana, and North Dakota showed only minimal activity.
But the high activity of flu-like illness continued in the remaining 39 states from coast-to-coast.
To protect yourself against the flu, doctors still recommend getting the flu shot, avoiding contact with sick people, and washing your hands with soap and water.
Experts expect the flu season to continue through March.