Flu can be deadly. The CDC indicated that an estimated 35.5 million people got sick with influenza during the 2018–2019 season. Data also shows that 16.5 million people visited a health care provider for their illness, 490,600 people were hospitalized, and 34,200 people died from influenza.
The flu vaccine can save lives. Approximately 49 percent of the U.S. population chose to get a flu vaccine during the 2018-2019 flu season, and this prevented an estimated:
- 4 million flu illnesses, more than the population Los Angles
- 58,000 flu hospitalizations, about the number of students at Ohio State University
- 3,500 flu deaths, equivalent to saving about ten lives per day over a year
The flu vaccine can reduce sick days. According to various studies, it is estimated that U.S. employees miss over 100 million workdays annually because of the flu.
Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during the 2020-2021 season to protect yourself and the people around you from flu and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.