US Flu Deaths in 2017-18

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Estimates of Flu deaths in the United States during the 2017-18 year from the CDC were up to 94,987.


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Donald Trump is quoted as saying it was 100,000, which is of course incorrect, and his figure has been blocked by Twitter.

The CDC figures, for estimated Flu deaths, were quoted as being between 46,404 – 94,987 at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/2017-2018.htm

CDC estimates that the burden of illness during the 2017–2018 season was also high with an estimated 48.8 million people getting sick with influenza, 22.7 million people going to a health care provider, 959,000 hospitalizations, and 79,400 deaths from influenza. That 79,400 figure was a mid point in their estimated range.

It is important to understand that no-one knows the real figure, as accurate Flu records are not kept.


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The model, used by CDC, to generate burden estimates uses data on influenza testing practices at FluSurv-NET hospitals to correct for known under-detection of influenza and mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics for estimation of deaths.

Older adults (over 65) accounted for 90% of deaths, highlighting that older adults are particularly vulnerable to severe disease with influenza virus infection.


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