This year’s especially grim flu season has been sickening and killing a very high number of people over 65, federal officials report -- even people who consider themselves relatively healthy and not frail.
This year’s especially grim flu season has been sickening and killing a very high number of people over 65, federal officials report. And doctors reported flu killed 14 kids last week, bringing the total childhood deaths to 59.
The latest flu statistics show that while the season is leveling off, it’s still a bad one for seniors.
“The numbers for hospitalizations are extremely high in the elderly. In fact, they are the highest we have had since surveillance began in 2005,” says Dr. Lyn Finelli, a flu expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “The deaths are way over the epidemic threshold. We are very concerned about the elderly this year", she added in a telephone interview.
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