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How many hospitalizations and deaths occur from the flu?

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The flu is linked to between 3,000 and 49,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations each year in the United States. The seasonal flu vaccine was created to try to avert these epidemics.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu."
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Flu (Influenza): What Are Seasonal Flu, Avian (Bird) Flu and Pandemic Flu?"
American Lung Association: "Cold and Flu Guidelines: Influenza."
FDA/CFAN: "What consumers need to know about avian influenza."
American Academy of Family Physicians: "Bird Flu (Avian Flu)."
GlaxoSmithKline.
News release, FDA.
 

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 7, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu."
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Flu (Influenza): What Are Seasonal Flu, Avian (Bird) Flu and Pandemic Flu?"
American Lung Association: "Cold and Flu Guidelines: Influenza."
FDA/CFAN: "What consumers need to know about avian influenza."
American Academy of Family Physicians: "Bird Flu (Avian Flu)."
GlaxoSmithKline.
News release, FDA.
 

 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 7, 2019

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