A new CDC study underscores the burden of flu among hospitalized children

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Influenza (Flu)

2021 - 2022 Flu Season 
May 13, 2022

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CDC's Influenza Division compiles and analyzes information on influenza activity year-round in the United States. According to this week's FluView report (May 1-7), flu viruses continue to circulate nationally and flu activity is increasing in parts of the country.

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Learn More About H5N1 Bird Flu Viruses     
CDC confirmed the bird flu virus detected in a person in the US is an H5N1 virus. H5N1 bird flu viruses first emerged in mid-90s to cause poultry outbreaks and human infections with a greater than 60% mortality rate. Over time H5N1 viruses have evolved. Current H5N1 viruses spreading in wild birds and poultry in the US and globally are genetically different from earlier versions of the virus.    

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New CDC Study Emphasizes Burden of Flu Among Hospitalized Children 
A CDC study looking at flu seasons in the last decade confirmed a substantial burden of flu hospitalizations in children, with younger children being at highest risk. Older children were less frequently hospitalized, but were more likely to have worse outcomes once hospitalized. While flu vaccination rates and use of early flu antiviral treatments have increased, there is needed improvement.   

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