Noth­ing to sniff at: 7 mil­lion cases of flu

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY GINA SALAMONE

As many as 7 mil­lion Amer­i­cans have been sick with the flu so far this sea­son, fed­eral health of­fi­cials re­vealed Fri­day in the first set of stats they’ve ever re­leased while a flu sea­son was still on­go­ing.

The num­bers also show that as many as 3.5 mil­lion have gone to the doc­tor due to the flu, and as many as 83,000 have been hos­pi­tal­ized be­cause of the nasty virus, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion an­nounced.

This is the first time these es­ti­mates cover the pe­riod from Oct. 1 through Jan. 5. The es­ti­mates will con­tinue to be up­dated ev­ery Fri­day dur­ing the sea­son, which gen­er­ally runs as late as May.

A CDC spokesman told the Daily News that the agency is not yet com­fort­able as­sess­ing the severity of this flu sea­son un­til it’s over, since there are no com­par­a­tive stats for the same time frame last year.

Last year’s flu sea­son was the worst in decades, with nearly 50 mil­lion Amer­i­cans com­ing down with the virus and nearly 80,000 deaths.

“CDC con­tin­ues to rec­om­mend flu vaccination as the best way to re­duce the risk of flu and its po­ten­tially se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions, in­clud­ing death in chil­dren,” the agency stated.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.