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CDC influenza surveillance data confirms severity of flu season

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to track this year’s severe flu season, initial data from the CDC’s national surveillance system indicates that the severity will be as high or higher than what was seen in the 2014-2015 season, agency officials predict.

In fact, hospitalizations for the 2017-2018 flu season have already reached the highest levels since the CDC began tracking such data closely in 2010. Overall, a cumulative rate of 51.4 laboratory-confirmed, influenza-associated hospitalizations per 100,000 population was reported by the agency, with the highest hospitalization rate for people who are 65 years and older.

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