CDC estimates as many as 26,700 have died from flu so far this season

Influenza can be deadly. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is estimating that, so far, as many as 26,700 flu deaths may have occurred this season. Additionally, there have been 252,000 to 302,000 flu hospitalizations.

It is not too late to get your flu shot, if you haven’t done so already. “Flu season” in the United States may peak in February, but flu activity can continue long after that, especially in Hawaii where the peak tends to come later. If you have health insurance (and you should), the flu shot is probably covered.

The flu is not “a bad cold.” It is a different virus that can makes people sick and kills thousands ever year in this country. People who are more at risk are the elderly, the young, pregnant women, and people with certain-long term medical conditions, but anyone can be affected.

Take your health seriously and make sure to get the flu shot, for yourself and those around you.

For more information on this flu season’s estimated health burden, go to this page:
www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/preliminary-in-season-estimates.htm

For more information on influenza (“the flu”), go to this FAQ page:
www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2018-2019.htm