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Flu Hospitalizations Drop Amid Indicators of an Early Peak


Dec. 16, 2022 – It’s starting to look much less like an epidemic as seasonal flu exercise “seems to be declining in some areas,” the CDC stated this week.

Declines in just a few states and territories had been sufficient to decrease nationwide exercise, as measured by outpatient visits for influenza-like sickness, for the second consecutive week. This diminished the weekly variety of hospital admissions for the primary time this season, in keeping with the CDC Influenza Division’s weekly FluView report.

Flu-related hospital admissions slipped to about 23,500 throughout the week of Dec. 4-10, after topping 26,000 the week earlier than, based mostly on knowledge reported by 5,000 hospitals from all states and territories.

The weekly hospitalization fee tumbled from 8 per 100,000 individuals to 4.5 per 100,000, which was nonetheless increased than another December fee from all earlier seasons going again to 2009-10, CDC knowledge reveals. 

Visits for flu-like sickness represented 6.9% of all outpatient visits reported to the CDC throughout the week of Dec. 4-10. The speed reached 7.5% over the past full week of November earlier than dropping to 7.3%, the CDC stated.

There have been 28 states or territories with “very excessive” exercise for the newest reporting week, in contrast with 32 the earlier week. Eight states – Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Washington – and New York Metropolis had been on the very highest stage on the CDC’s 1-13 scale of exercise, in contrast with 14 areas the week earlier than, the company reported.

Thus far this season, the CDC estimated there have been not less than 15 million circumstances of the flu, 150,000 hospitalizations, and 9,300 deaths. Amongst these deaths have been 30 reported in kids, in contrast with 44 for the whole 2021-22 season and only one for 2020-21. 

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