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The rate of hospitalization due to the flu is the highest in the last ten years

The rate of hospitalization due to the flu is the highest in the last ten years

The rate of hospitalization due to the flu is the highest in the last ten years

People walk past a pharmacy advertising flu shots on November 14, 2022 in London. Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images

Flu activity has increased across the country just as Americans prepare for Thanksgiving gatherings and travel, according to updated data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published on Friday.

Big picture: The flu hospitalization rate is the highest for this time of year in more than a decade — since the 2010-2011 season.

  • With more than 25 states experiencing “high” or “very high” flu activity, the worst of the disease is in southern states, including Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.

by numbers: The The CDC estimates there have been at least 4.4 million cases, 38,000 hospitalizations and 2,100 deaths from the flu so far this season.

Screenshot: CDC

Yes, but: The map does not take into account confirmed cases of influenza, but reflects non-hospitalized medical visits to health care providers for flu-like symptoms.

Zoom out: Flu seasonwhich usually starts to grow in October and peaks between January and February, arrived about six weeks early this year.

Conclusion: The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu shot to protect against serious illness.



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