A Much Milder Flu Season This Year Featured font size +

Henrietta Brewer
January 14, 2019

The agency estimates that between 6.2 and 7.3 million people had been sick with the flu as of January 5, and about half of them had seen a doctor because of it. Calculations are based on adjusted rates of laboratory-confirmed, influenza-associated hospitalizations collected through a surveillance network that covers approximately 8.5% of the US population, or about 27 million people.

Federal health officials say that the flu is now widespread in Alabama - and it's expected to increase.

Health regulators have been trying to combat flu outbreaks in the United States and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first new flu medication in almost two decades previous year. 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.


The Centers for Disease control reports the flu has become widespread in 31 states including Nebraska.

Flu-like symptoms that appear to get better, but then return with a fever and worse cough.

Pneumonia and influenza mortality was 6.4% for the week ending December 29, 2018, which was below the system-specific epidemic threshold.


In Arizona, there have been 4,510 confirmed cases of influenza this season compared to 16,144 a year ago at this time, and the flu is widespread throughout the state.

"Most people who get sick with flu will have mild illness and will recover in less than two weeks without medical care".

"It's still not too late to get a flu vaccine". About 70,000 to 84,000 people have been hospitalized with the flu, the agency said.


Quick treatment can save lives, the CDC said. These new in-season estimates fill out the picture of the burden of flu in the United States.

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