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Flu Hospitalizations Shoot Up as Harsh Start to Season Continues

Dec. 2, 2022, 9:06 PM

Influenza hospitalizations nearly doubled over the last week, adding to the already torrid season for respiratory illnesses in the US.

There were 19,593 people hospitalized for influenza during the week ending Nov. 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. Admission rates have reached the highest level in more than a decade, behind only the 2009-2010 flu season when a new strain of the influenza A virus caused severe cases to skyrocket among children.

This year’s outbreak is so far most severe for adults ages 65 and older, who are being admitted at the highest rates seen this ...