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CDC: Up to 7 Million People Have Had Flu This Season

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CDC: Up to 7 Million People Have Had Flu This Season

CDC: Up to 7 Million People Have Had Flu This Season

The CDC says up to 83,500 people have been hospitalized so far this season due to the illness.

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CDC: Up to 7 Million People Have Had Flu This Season

Between 6 million and 7 million people in the U.S. have had the flu since October,  the CDC  said Friday.  It's the first time the agency has released an estimate on the number of flu cases during the season, instead of after.  Flu activity  across the country is "elevated," with 30 states reporting widespread activity.  It's caused around 3 million people to go to the doctor and up to 83,500 people to be hospitalized.  There've been 16 pediatric flu deaths thus far.  While  the virus  might seem like it's  rampant , it hasn't reached last year's levels yet.  You might remember that the 2017-2018  flu season  was one of the  deadliest  in decades, with 80,000 flu-related deaths last winter.  Part of the issue was that  the vaccine  was only about  40 percent effective .  Federal health regulators  worked to make this year's flu shot a better match for the viruses likely to be circulating.

The nasal spray vaccine was also brought back as an option.  Even though the current season is well underway, the CDC says it's not too late to get vaccinated.

It  recommends  the flu vaccine for everyone ages 6 months and older.

Flu season typically runs from October through May.  Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN . 




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