Flu Vaccines Helped Prevent Up To 66,500 Flu Hospitalizations

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September 29, 2023

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Flu Vaccines Helped Prevent 66,500 Flu Hospitalizations Last Flu Season

At the 2023 NFID Annual News Conference this week, CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen shared the final 2022-2023 U.S. flu vaccine coverage data and a recap of last season. She also shared an estimate that flu vaccination last season prevented up to 66,500 flu hospitalizations. Dr. Cohen and other leading health experts urged uptake of recommended respiratory vaccines this fall.
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CDC Study on Flu Severity Emphasizes Importance of Flu Vaccination

A new study shows more than one in six people hospitalized with flu had additional severe outcomes, including ICU admission. While more of those hospitalizations were caused by H3N2 flu viruses, patients with H1N1 or B flu viruses were more likely to have more severe outcomes. This highlights the importance of annual flu vaccination and early antiviral treatment for flu, no matter which flu viruses are circulating.
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