People with Chronic Conditions Continue to Account for Majority of Flu Hospitalizations

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January 26, 2024

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Seasonal flu activity remains elevated nationally and is stable or decreasing across key activity indicators compared to last week. Ten additional flu-related deaths in children were reported this week, bringing the total this season to 57. CDC’s newly published preliminary in-season flu severity estimates for the 2023-2024 season indicate this season is of moderate severity so far.
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People with Chronic Conditions Continue to Account for Majority of Flu Hospitalizations 

CDC posted new data that show about 90% of people hospitalized with flu this season in one surveillance system have at least one chronic medical condition. This is consistent with historical data. Pregnant people also are more likely to experience severe flu illness that results in hospitalization compared to people of reproductive age who are not pregnant. CDC recommends prompt antiviral treatment for people who are higher risk, including those with certain chronic medical conditions.
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Study Shows Hospital Outcomes for Flu and COVID-19 Have Become More Similar

A CDC study reports that adults recently hospitalized with COVID-19 had fewer severe outcomes than in the past and that the proportion of severe hospital outcomes from COVID-19 has become more similar to adults hospitalized with flu. The study highlights the importance of compliance with CDC recommendations for prevention and treatment of both diseases.
DYK? Your annual #flu vaccine protects against multiple influenza viruses. Influenza viruses are constantly changing, so the vaccine composition is reviewed yearly and updated as needed to provide the best protection. Find out more about seasonal vaccines: Selecting Viruses for the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine | CDC 

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