Click through top flu indicators tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weekly US influenza surveillance report.
Currently the cumulative hospitalization rate is higher than that for the entire 2020-2021 flu season, although still lower than rates seen at this time during several seasons preceding COVID-19.
Here is a top-line look at other indicators being tracked for the week ended 1/1/2022.
Influenza-related outpatient visits week ended 1/1/2022 increased over the week before and were above the national baseline.
Hospitalization rate for laboratory confirmed influenza was higher during the week ended 1/1/2022 than the week ended 12/25/2021.
Flu virus was detected in 3.8% of all lab specimens tested in the week ended 1/1/2022, a decrease from 6.2% the week before.
The national mortality rate for flu, pneumonia and/or COVID-19 is 19.9%, above the epidemic threshold of 6.9%.
Influenza cases are now increasing among adults aged ≥25 years compared to early in the flu season when the majority of cases were reported among those aged 5-24 years.