80,000 Deaths Caused By Last Year's Flu Season, CDC Reports03:41
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In this Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 file photo, Ana Martinez, a medical assistant at the Sea Mar Community Health Center, gives a patient a flu shot in Seattle. This year’s U.S. flu season got off to an early start, and it’s been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths than other common flu bugs. (Ted S. Warren/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
In this Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 file photo, Ana Martinez, a medical assistant at the Sea Mar Community Health Center, gives a patient a flu shot in Seattle. This year’s U.S. flu season got off to an early start, and it’s been driven by a nasty type of flu that tends to put more people in the hospital and cause more deaths than other common flu bugs. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say an estimated 80,000 Americans died of the flu and its complications last winter, making it the deadliest flu season in decades.

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd learns more from Helen Branswell (@helenbranswell), STAT's infectious diseases and public health reporter.

This segment aired on September 27, 2018.

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