CDC Says That This Flu Season Is The Longest In A Decade

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CDC Says That This Flu Season Is The Longest In A Decade
There have been 21 weeks of intense flu activity reported in the U.S., which breaks the previous 10-year high.
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The 2018-19 flu season is now the longest of the last ten years, according to a weekly flu report released by the CDC.

There have been 21 weeks of intense flu activity reported in the U.S., which breaks the previous 10 year high of 20 weeks that occurred during the 2014-15 flu season.

Despite its length, the CDC has described the season as moderate based on reports of hospitalization and illness.

The current season is also nowhere close to the severity of the last one in terms of deaths and hospitalizations. The 2017-18 flu season resulted in an estimated 80,000 flu-related deaths and 900,000 hospitalizations, while the 2018-19 season has so far produced roughly 57,000 deaths and around 600,000 hospitalizations.  

There have been a total of at least 36 million cases of influenza reported so far this flu season.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.