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US Facing Worst Influenza Since 2009 Swine Flu

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According to CDC data, the United States is suffering the worst influenza season since the 2009 Swine Flu epidemic.  

As per News10, most current figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that there was a 76% rise in flu cases in New York State during the week of November 26 compared to the previous week, confirming that this year’s flu rates are at a record high.  

68,926 Influenza-positive cases have been reported in all 62 counties of New York State for the 2022-2023 season, according to data from the Department of Health, which includes: 

  • There were 10,691 cases among infants aged 0 to 4 years. 
  • 35,741 instances among children aged five to seventeen 
  • 15,104 instances in adults aged 18 to 49 
  • 4,044 instances in adults aged 50 to 64 
  • 3,338 instances among those aged 65 and older 

In the week ending November 26, according to the CDC’s Weekly US Map: Influenza Summary, there were just under 20,000 hospitalizations and the greatest number of recorded flu cases to date.  

On Monday, December 5, Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), urged all Americans to get vaccinated since this year’s flu vaccine is “a very good match” for even the most prevalent influenza viruses.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends bringing masks back out as a prophylactic step during flu season. 

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