Influenza Quick Facts

Every year in the United States, on average:

  • 5 to 20 percent of the population gets the flu;
  • more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related complications; and about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes.
Seasonal Flu H1N1 Flu
In the 2007-08 flu season, there were a total of 88 pediatric deaths caused by seasonal influenza in the United States. Since April 26, 2009, there have been 179 pediatric deaths caused by influenza in the United States, 156 of which were caused by H1N1.
Children, pregnant women, health care personnel, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions should get both a seasonal flu and an H1N1 vaccination.
People 50+ and people who live in long-term care facilities should get a seasonal flu vaccination. People under 24 and people who work with infants should get the H1N1 vaccination.

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