The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the current flu season as “unusually low,” reporting the lowest influenza-related hospitalizations since the agency began collecting the data.
The CDC listed 165 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations in its weekly U.S. influenza surveillance report between October 1, 2020, and February 6, 2021, “for an overall cumulative hospitalization rate of 0.6 per 100,000 population.”
According to the agency, the number is “lower than average for this point in the season and lower than rates for any season since routine data collection began in 2005, including the low severity 2011-2012 season.” Even during the 2011-2012 flu season, the hospitalization rate was 212.1 per 100,000.
In the 2019 to 2020 flu season, the CDC estimated 39-56 million flu illnesses, 18-26 million medical visits, 410,000-740,000 hospitalizations, and 24,000-64,000 deaths. According to the CDC, those estimates “are calculated based on CDC’s weekly influenza surveillance data and are preliminary.”
The reports of a relatively inactive