Florida Ranks Second Highest in Levels of Flu-like Illnesses for Adults 65 and Over

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Over the last five months, Florida has been experiencing a high level of flu-like illnesses, according to 247wallst.com in a recently published report.

The report highlights that 20.5% of the patients were adults 65 and over (2nd highest nationally) with 5.3% of the patients being children 5 and under (8thlowest nationally).  Click HERE to read the full article and HERE to see how bad the flu is in every state.  

How bad is this year’s flu season?

According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 22 million and 31 million people in the United States have been sick with the flu or flu-like illnesses so far this season. And between 12,000 and 30,000 flu deaths were estimated over that period. 

To put that into perspective, there are currently 13 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States.  

5 States with Highest Levels of Flu-like Illnesses for Adults 65 and Over

  1. Maine
  2. Florida
  3. West Virginia
  4. Vermont
  5. Montana

5 States with Lowest Levels of Flu-like Illnesses for Adults 65 and Over

  1. Utah
  2. Alaska
  3. Texas
  4. Georgia
  5. Colorado

Click HERE to see how bad the flu is in every state.  

Methodology

To identify the incidence of the flu in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the latest weekly influenza surveillance report prepared by the influenza division of the CDC. Influenza-like illness activity levels (minimal, low, moderate, and high) are based on the difference between current and off-season average proportions of outpatient visits to health providers for flu-like illnesses. 

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