CDC: Flu hospitalizations almost double previous estimates

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The number of hospitalizations from the flu has risen to an average of more than 200,000 per year, almost double previous estimates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the study. The latest estimate includes data from more recent years when more serious strains of the disease affected the population.

People 85 and older are hospitalized because of influenza more than any other age group, according to the CDC. Its study findings estimate that 1,195 people per 100,000 in this age group are hospitalized for influenza-associated primary respiratory and circulatory reasons.

This aging population is largely responsible for the increase of hospitalizations from influenza, the study says.