according to new data released by the CDC, between 6 and 7 million people contracted the flu during the 2018-19 season, almost half of these people sought medical care, and between 69,000 and 84,000 people were hospitalized for cause of flu. This is the first time that these estimates – covering the period from October 1, 2018 to January 5, 2019 – are provided during the flu season. CDC estimated burden of the flu since 2010.

These data are obtained with the help of same mathematical model used to generate the previous end-of-season estimates. Calculations are based on adjusted rates of laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations collected through a surveillance network covering approximately 8.5% of the US population, or approximately 27 million people .

On the basis of this methodology, CDC estimates that as of 5 January:

  • 6.2 to 7.3 million people contracted the flu,
  • 2.9 to 3.5 million people have seen a doctor because of the flu, and
  • 69,300 to 83,500 people were hospitalized because of the flu

These estimates are cumulative and will be updated during the annual flu season on Friday.

Weekly CDC FluView indicates the time and place of influenza activity, influenza viruses in circulation and the impact of influenza on hospitalizations and deaths in the United States, based on data collected from eight surveillance systems different. The data presented in FluView allows CDC to track influenza activity, but does not provide an accurate count of cases, with the exception of pediatric deaths associated with influenza and human infections with new influenza A viruses. mandatory reporting at the national level.

Every year, seasonal flu weighs heavily on the health of Americans. These new seasonal estimates complete the picture of the burden of influenza in the United States.

The CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination as the best way to reduce the risk of influenza and its potentially serious complications, including death in children. People who are very sick or at high risk for serious flu complications and flu symptoms should consult a health care provider early in their illness for possible treatment with an antiviral drug for influenza. .

In addition to vaccination and the appropriate use of antivirals, the CDC recommends daily preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs. If you are ill with the flu, the CDC recommends that you stay home at least 24 hours after your fever starts, except for medical attention or other necessities. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands often with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as germs spread this way. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated by germs such as the flu.