CDC Releases New Flu Morbidity and Mortality Estimates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released today updated estimates through Dec. 12, 2009 of the number of people affected by the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The new data shows that approximately 55 million Americans were sickened by the virus and about 11,160 died from the flu. The CDC also estimates that a range of 173,000 and 362,000 H1N1-related hospitalizations occurred between April and Dec. 12, 2009.