80,000 People in the US Died From Flu Last Year
Julia Belluz has a sobering piece in Vox that reports on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s preliminary data on last year’s flu season, which estimates a total of nearly 80,000 deaths from the disease. According to the centers’ director, Dr. Robert Redfield, this represents the highest recorded number of flu deaths since 1976.
Belluz’s article runs through some of the explanations for why last year’s toll was so high, and how flu shots reduce the risks for individuals and populations. Please consider getting a flu shot if you can. You’ll protect yourself as well as others.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s FAQ on this year’s flu season has more information.