Flu Facts

October 25, 2019

Most people who get sick with flu will have mild illness, will not need medical care or antiviral drugs, and will recover in less than two weeks. People at higher risk of developing flu complications include:

-children younger than age 5, especially those younger than age 2
-adults older than age 65
-residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
-pregnant women and women up to two weeks postpartum
-people with weakened immune systems
-people who have chronic illnesses, such as asthma, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and diabetes
-people who are very obese, with a body mass index of 40 or higher

The flu has resulted in 9.3 million to 49 million illnesses each year in the United States since 2010. Each year, on average, five to 20 percent of the United States population gets the flu.

It is estimated that the flu results in 31.4 million outpatient visits and more than 200,000 hospitalizations each year.

During the severe 2017-2018 flu season, one of the longest in recent years, estimates indicate that more than 900,000 people were hospitalized and more than 80,000 people died from flu.

Additionally, as of late October 2018, 185 pediatric deaths had been reported to CDC during the 2017-2018 season. Approximately 80 percent of these deaths occurred in children who had not received a flu vaccination.

Last season took the greatest toll on adults age 65 years and older. About 58 percent of the estimated hospitalizations occurred in that age group.

Read more information about the flu here: https://www.healthline.com/health/influenza/facts-and-statistics#4