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January 11, 2019 – Marcus Solis has the latest on a CDC report that estimates there were 9.7 million cases of the flu this season. Dr. Sandra Kesh, Infectious Disease Specialist and Deputy Medical Director at Westmed Medical Group shares key facts on the flu vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its latest estimates of the flu season’s impact, and while the number of cases is high, officials say hospitalizations and deaths that are indicators of severity are not high.
Still, the CDC estimates that 9.7 million people have gotten the flu this season, including an estimated 4,800 deaths and 87,000 hospitalizations.
Of those deaths, 32 were children — the only actual flu deaths that are tracked. During recent past flu seasons, deaths among children have ranged from 37 to 187 fatalities.
Visits to health care providers for the flu decreased for the week ending January 4, but the CDC says it’s unclear whether that means the flu season has peaked or whether the holidays stopped people from seeking medical attention.