Since October 2018, up to around 7.3 million people in the U.S. have been sick with the flu. Veuer’s Mercer Morrison has the story.

As the flu season enters its most active period, early data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to a milder season than last year.

As many as 7.3 million people have fallen sick with the flu since the season started in October, the CDC reported Friday. An estimated 69,000 to 84,000 have been hospitalized.

The report offered the first peek at data for the 2018-19 season, which normally runs from October to late May.

In most parts of the country, most illnesses right now According to CDC officials, there are fewer hospitalizations and deaths than last year’s strain.

Nurse practitioner, Katherine Male, prepares an influenza vaccination at the CVS Pharmacy store’s MinuteClinic on Oct. 4, 2018 in Miami. (Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images)