Influenza Trends In The United States

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  • Every state and age group fall well below the CDC’s target vaccination rate of 70%.

  • Influenza and pneumonia (a common complication from the flu) are one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States.

  • 2017 was the most severe flu season of the last decade with increased severity across all age groups.

  • For the 2016-2017 flu season, CDC estimates indicate that the flu vaccine prevented 5.3 million illnesses, 2.6 million medical visits, and 85,000 hospitalizations.

  • On average, employees miss 3-5 days of work as a result of the flu, resulting in the loss of over 600,000 life-years and lost earnings of approximately $16 billion each year[1].