Flu activity spreads across the U.S.; health officials worry about worsening situation for holiday season
Severe flu activity is spreading in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 20,000 people were hospitalized with the virus last week — almost double the admissions from the week before.
Flu activity is highest in the south, from Texas to Virginia. So far this season, there have been 78,000 hospitalizations and 4,500 deaths.
Health officials worry the situation will worsen as the holiday season gets underway. They are urging everyone to get their flu shots.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Vecerra issued a letter outlining ways hospitals can apply the covid-19 public health emergency declaration to address flu cases. Children’s Health leaders had requested a new emergency declaration specifically for the flu and RSV.