13th February 2024 – (Washington) Recent data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed the significant impact of the flu season in the United States. With at least 22 million flu illnesses, 250,000 hospitalizations, and 15,000 deaths reported so far, the country continues to grapple with seasonal influenza.
According to the CDC, nationwide influenza activity remains elevated, with certain regions experiencing increases in flu cases. The severity of the flu season is evident with the heartbreaking news of eight influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported in the latest week, bringing the total number of pediatric deaths to 74 for this season.
The latest CDC data also indicates that over 11,000 patients were admitted to hospitals due to flu-related complications during the most recent reporting period. These numbers underscore the strain placed on healthcare facilities and resources as they work tirelessly to manage the influx of severe flu cases.
In response to the ongoing spread of influenza viruses, the CDC strongly recommends that individuals aged 6 months and older receive an annual flu vaccine. Vaccination remains a vital tool in preventing the contraction and transmission of the flu virus, and it plays a crucial role in safeguarding public health.