During the holiday season, there is a surge of individuals experiencing respiratory issues, mainly caused by COVID-19, the flu and respiratory syncytial virus.
Flu infections and hospitalizations are also rising much earlier than normal. Data from the Centers for Disease Control show flu cases are already as high as they are in a typical January — and the cases are still increasing.
There have already been nearly 9 million flu cases and 4,500 flu-related deaths in the U.S. since October, which is about the same amount we saw in the entire 2021-2022 flu season.*
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