Flu Activity Still High, Elderly at Highest Risk

February 20, 2020

Influenza activity remains high, according to the CDC's weekly surveillance report, but mortality is below the epidemic threshold.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that US influenza activity is still high and rose again during the week ended Saturday, February 8. Activity had fallen slightly during the first 2 weeks of the new year but has increased over the last 4 weeks.The CDC reports in the Weekly US Influenza Surveillance Report published February 14 that during the 2019-2020 flu season there have been at least 26 million influenza cases, 250 000 hospitalizations, and 14 000 deaths. Adults aged ≥65 years continue to be hospitalized at the highest rate.The brief slide series below summarizes the most recent report.