What to expect this flu season

What to expect this flu season

For the last year and a half, seniors have been keenly aware of the threat from Covid. This seems natural, as the virus has proved especially deadly for people over age 65. Adults over 65 accounted for 80% of Covid hospitalizations and are at a significantly higher risk of death than younger patients. At the same time, this period saw a dramatic decline in the number of influenza cases. It was as if the common “flu” almost disappeared! Last year’s very low level of flu was likely due to social distancing, reduced travel and mask-wearing, all measures taken to try to control Covid. Those measures were also very effective in preventing flu. Nationwide, flu accounted for only about 4 hospitalizations per 100,000 people, compared to the usual rate of 70 hospitalizations per 100,000, and flu-related deaths dropped by 95%. Unfortunately, the outlook for this year’s flu season is not as bright. Several studies have predicted that this year will see an increase...
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