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CDC: Flu hospitalizations highest on record

February 5, 2018

This year’s flu season is shaping to become the worst in recent years, causing a record number of hospitalizations across the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Federal officials don’t think the flu has peaked yet, and there may be more several more weeks before the risk of flu or serious illness subsides.

“In the past week, we have seen increased influenza-like illness activity, more hospitalizations, and tragically, more flu associated deaths in children and adults. And as of this week, overall hospitalizations are now the highest we’ve seen. Even higher than the 2014-’15, our previous high season,” CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat, M.D., told reporters Friday during a media briefing.

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