The graph above - published yesterday on the CDC site - compares the cumulative number of hospitalizations for this and the last 5 previous flu seasons (including the high severe 2014-15 season), which saw roughly 700,000 people hospitalized.
What is quite remarkable is that in just Epi week 5, we find ourselves already exceeding the end-of-season totals for 3 of those seasons, and are approaching the season totals reported in the both 2014-15 and 2015-17.
And there is no end to this year's flu season in sight (see FluView Week 5: Influenza Still Increasing Across Nation).Concurrent with the release of yesterday's FluView the CDC held another weekly briefing, for which you'll find links to the audio and transcript below. The audio runs about 33 minutes.
Press Briefing Transcript
Friday, February 9, 2018
Please Note: This transcript is not edited and may contain errors.