The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that so far this season, between 6 million and 7 million people have been sick with flu, and between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized from flu.
The number of states experiencing widespread flu activity went from 24 states during the last report to 30 states. CDC also reported another three flu-associated pediatric deaths bringing the total up to 16 reported for the 2018-2019 season.
Nationally, the proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like-illness (ILI) has been at or above the baseline for six consecutive weeks. By this measure, the past five flu seasons have lasted between 11 and 20 weeks with an average of 16 weeks.
An annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect against influenza and its potentially serious complications. There are many benefits to vaccination, including reducing the risk of flu illness, doctor’s visits, hospitalization, and even death in children. Flu vaccination also has been shown to reduce the severity of illness among people who get vaccinated but still get sick. For anyone six months or older who have not yet been vaccinated this season, CDC recommends that they get vaccinated now. There also are flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat flu illness.
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