COCA Now: CDC Provides First In-Season Estimates of Flu Illnesses, Medical Visits, and Hospitalizations

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CDC Provides First In-Season Estimates of Flu Illnesses, Medical Visits, and Hospitalizations

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new data that so far during the 2018-2019 season between about 6 and 7 million people have been sick with flu, up to half of those people have sought medical care for their illness, and between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized from flu. This is the first time these estimates—which cover the period from October 1, 2018 through January 5, 2019—are being provided during the flu season. CDC has estimated the burden of flu since 2010.

CDC estimates that as of January 5:

  • 6.2 to 7.3 million people have been sick with flu,
  • 2.9 to 3.5 million people have been to the doctor because of flu, and
  • 69,300 to 83,500 people have been hospitalized because of flu.

CDC’s weekly FluView reports when and where influenza activity is occurring, which influenza viruses are circulating, the impact influenza is having on hospitalizations and deaths in the United States based on data collected from eight different surveillance systems. Data presented in FluView allow CDC to track flu activity, but do not provide exact case counts, with the exception of flu-associated pediatric deaths and human infections with novel influenza A viruses, which are nationally notifiable. CDC continues to recommend flu vaccination as the best way to reduce the risk of flu and its potentially serious complications, including death in children.

More information on flu is available here.