Flu Vaccination Cut Emergency Dept. Visits & Hospitalizations in Kids by Half

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November 27, 2023

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2023 - 2024 Flu Season 

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Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report

Flu activity continues to increase in most parts of the country. CDC also is reporting two flu-related deaths in children this week for a total of three this season. Now is still a good time to get a flu vaccine if you haven’t already.
U.S. map on computer screen showing the level of flu infections with red being the most infections
A parent looks at a thermometer while placing a hand on a sick child’s forehead. In the bottom right-hand corner, a text overlay on an orange bandage says “#FightFlu” next to the CDC/HHS logo.

Flu Vaccination Cut Emergency Dept. Visits & Hospitalizations in Kids by Half

A new study estimates that during the 2022-2023 flu season, vaccination reduced the risk of flu-related emergency department visits, urgent care visits, and hospitalizations by almost half among children and adolescents. Data for this study were collected in the VISION (VE) Network. A flu vaccine can take the flu from ‘Wild to Mild’. Visit Vaccines.gov to find a flu vaccine.  
A masked physician writes on a clipboard as he consults with a masked patient and a family member.

Updates to Estimates for Burden of Flu in Past Seasons  

CDC estimates that the burden of flu during the 2022–2023 season was similar to some seasons before the COVID-19 pandemic. An estimated 31 million people got sick, 14 million visited a health care provider, 360,000 were hospitalized, and 21,000 people died due to flu illness or related complications. CDC also updated its past flu burden estimates for the 2019-2020 and 2021-2022 seasons. 
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While flu can be wild for children, a #flu vaccine can be a lifesaver — reducing the risk of serious illness if they do get sick. Tame flu’s symptoms and #FightFlu with a vaccine. Learn more:  https://bit.ly/3Q7QCJA 

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