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Flu affects around 30 million people in the US every season

Flu affects around 30 million people in the US every season

Last Reviewed : 12/16/2020
Flu affects around 30 million people in the US every season

At the time this article is written, there are more than 180,000 COVID-19 cases and more than 3,800 deaths in the United States. Everyone is grappling with fear as COVID-19 pandemic becomes rampant. Novel Coronavirus has been creating chaos all across the globe disrupting our day today life.

Even though COVID-19 pandemic is a serious concern, several health authorities also raised alarm about concomitant seasonal flu affecting people. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that there were around 45 million people who were affected with seasonal flu in 2017-2018 season and around 35 million people in 2018-2019 season. The number of hospitalizations due to seasonal flu in 2017-2018 season was around 810,000 and in 2018-2019 season was around 490,000. The number of deaths due to flu was estimated to be around 61,000 in 2017-2018 season and around 34,000 in 2018-2019. These are preliminary results as per CDC and the numbers may change once the data is confirmed. But this data is similar to previous seasons.

While it is not appropriate to compare flu and COVID-19, annual flu burden is staggering. 61,000 deaths in 2017-2018 flu season and 34,000 deaths in 2018-2019 flu season are sobering when compared to COVID-19 pandemic. Flu burden becomes even more critical as number of hospitalizations and number of deaths occur every season while coronavirus pandemics occur once in a decade.

This data underscores the importance of getting flu vaccine every year as recommended by CDC. Flu should not be taken lightly as it causes a serious burden on the US healthcare. Unfortunately, we have a double impact this season as both flu and COVID-19 are rampant.

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