2018–19 Influenza Illnesses, Medical Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths Averted by Vaccination
In addition to estimating the number of illnesses, medical visits, hospitalizations, and deaths due to influenza that occurred during the 2018–19 influenza season in the United States, CDC also estimates the burden of influenza that was averted by seasonal influenza vaccination. To do so, CDC uses the preliminary estimates of burden from the 2018–19 season in a model with vaccine coverage and vaccine effectiveness. Further description of the methods and the estimates of burden averted by influenza vaccination during the 2018–19 season are published and available at: https://academic.oup.com/cid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cid/ciz1244/5697292external icon
The Benefits of Flu Vaccination 2018-2019 Infographic (Text Version)
Approximately 49 percent of the US population chose to get a flu vaccine during the 2018-2019 flu season, and this prevented an estimated:
4.4 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 10 lives per day over the course of a year.