Flu hitting working-age adults hardest in 2013-14 flu seasonFebruary 20, 2014
The flu has affected adults ages 18-64 at significantly higher rates this year than in years past. According to the CDC, this group has accounted for 61% of all flu-related hospitalizations, up from 35% during last flu season. Further, the CDC estimates that working-age adults have endured approximately 60% of all flu-related deaths-a startling increase from last flu season, where this group was responsible for less than a quarter of flu deaths.
This severe uptick in flu cases amongst what might otherwise seem to be the least vulnerable population is due to two main factors. First, the most prevalent strain this season has been H1N1, the deadly “Swine Flu” that caused a pandemic in 2009. Second, the CDC estimates that only a third of working age adults have received this season’s vaccine.
Health and Wellness experts such as Affiliated Physicians maintain that receiving a flu vaccination is the single best way to curb the spread of this virus.