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International News: Over 4,000 people in U.S. have died this flu season

Posted: Tuesday, December 6, 2022. 10:54 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Health officials in the United States say that hospitalizations in the U.S. has soared this flu season, Reuters report.

Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that from October 1, 2022, through November 26, 2022, 4,500 people have died including 14 children.

Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.

Some symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue.

The CDC noted that the U.S. hospital systems are experiencing a high number of patients suffering respiratory illnesses that also include COVID-19 and the respiratory virus known as RSV.

The CDC also noted that 12% fewer pregnant women have taken the flu shot so far this season compared to last season, and about 5% fewer children.

Health professionals are urging everyone to get their flu shots.

 

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