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Statistics about Flu

Statistics for Flu:

The following are statistics from various sources about Flu:

  • 39% of elderly African American people receive the flu vaccination in America (CBCF Health Organisation, 2004)
  • 60% of elderly white people receive the flu vaccination in America (CBCF Health Organisation, 2004)

Prevalence and incidence statistics for Flu:

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Incidence (annual) of Flu: 36 per 100 (NHIS96); 35 million annually up to 50 million annually (NIAID/CDC); 10-20% yearly (NIAID)

Incidence Rate: approx 1 in 3 or 36.00% or 97.9 million people in USA [about data]

Incidence extrapolations for USA for Flu: 97,920,000 per year, 8,160,000 per month, 1,883,076 per week, 268,273 per day, 11,178 per hour, 186 per minute, 3 per second. Note: this extrapolation calculation uses the incidence statistic: 36 per 100 (NHIS96); 35 million annually up to 50 million annually (NIAID/CDC); 10-20% yearly (NIAID)

Prevalance of Flu: Every year, 10 percent to 20 percent of Americans get sick with the flu (influenza). (Source: excerpt from Focus On The Flu: NIAID) ... In the United States, approximately 25 percent of the population has flu-associated illness annually, leading to an average of 20,000 to 40,000 deaths per year. (Source: excerpt from Microbes in Sickness and in Health -- Publications, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: NIAID) ... The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 35 to 50 million Americans come down with the flu during each flu season, which typically lasts from November to March. (Source: excerpt from The Flu, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Incidence statistics about Flu:

The following statistics relate to the incidence of Flu:

  • 3,665 confirmed cases influenza occurred in Australia 2002 (Yohannes K, Roche P, Blumer C et al. 2004, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 18.6 confirmed new cases per 100,000 population of influenza in Australia 2002 (Yohannes K, Roche P, Blumer C et al. 2004, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • more about incidence...»

Death and mortality statistics for Flu:

Deaths from Flu: 63,730 annual deaths for influenza and pneumonia (NVSR Sep 2001); estimated 20,000 deaths from flu (NIAID)

Cause of death rank: 7th leading cause of death in 1999 and 2000 is "pneumonia/influenza" (CDC)

Death rate extrapolations for USA for Flu: 63,729 per year, 5,310 per month, 1,225 per week, 174 per day, 7 per hour, 0 per minute, 0 per second. Note: this extrapolation calculation uses the deaths statistic: 63,730 annual deaths for influenza and pneumonia (NVSR Sep 2001); estimated 20,000 deaths from flu (NIAID)

Death statistics for Flu:

The following are statistics from various sources about deaths and Flu:

  • 36,655 female deaths for Influenza and Pneumonia in the USA 2000 (American Heart Association, 2002)
  • 257 people died from influenza each year in the US 2001 (Deaths: Final data for 2001, NCHS, CDC)
  • 0.1 people per 100,000 population died from influenza each year in the US 2001 (Deaths: Final data for 2001, NCHS, CDC)
  • Death statistics by age in the USA for influenza and pneumonia:
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 2.5% of deaths for age 1-4 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 1.3% of deaths for age 5-9 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 1.1% of deaths for age 10-14 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 0.5% of deaths for age 15-19 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 0.6% of deaths for age 20-24 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 1.2% of deaths for age 35-44 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 1.1% of deaths for age 45-54 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 3.2% of deaths for age 65 and over years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 1.5% of deaths for age 65-74 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 2.7% of deaths for age 75-84 years in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
    • influenza and pneumonia caused 4.8% of deaths for age 85 and over in USA 1999 [NVSR 2001]
  • Death statistics by race in the USA for influenza and pneumonia:
    • 19.2 per 100,000 women for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
    • 20.5 per 100,000 Hispanic/Latino people for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
    • 21.7 per 100,000 white people for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
    • 22.5 per 100,000 American Indian or Alaska Native people for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
    • 24.1 per 100,000 black people for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
    • 26.6 per 100,000 men for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
    • 3.5 per 100,000 Asian/Pacific Islander people for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
    • 43.7 per 100,000 people for influenza and pneumonia in USA 2001 (NCHS, 2003)
  • Death statistics in Australia for pneumonia and influenza:
    • 1,353 men died from pneumonia and influenza in Australia 2002 (AIHW National Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 1,731 women died from pneumonia and influenza in Australia 2002 (AIHW National Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 2.0% of all male deaths was due to pneumonia and influenza in Australia 2002 (AIHW National Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 2.7% of all female deaths was due to pneumonia and influenza in Australia 2002 (AIHW National Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
    • 3.6% of all deaths were from pneumonia and influenza in Australia in 1988 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2002)
    • 2,530 female deaths from pneumonia and influenza in Australia in 1988 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2002)
    • 4,579 deaths from pneumonia and influenza in Australia in 1988 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2002)
    • 2,049 male deaths were from pneumonia and influenza in Australia in 1988 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2002)
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Deaths from Flu

An estimated 100,000 hospitalizations and about 20,000 deaths occur each year from the flu or its complications. (Source: excerpt from Focus On The Flu: NIAID) ... average of 20,000 to 40,000 deaths per year. (Source: excerpt from Microbes in Sickness and in Health -- Publications, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: NIAID) ... in the United States more than 100,000 people are hospitalized and more than 20,000 people die from the flu and its complications every year. (Source: excerpt from The Flu, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID) ... In an average year, flu leads to about 20,000 deaths nationwide and many more hospitalizations. (Source: excerpt from What to Do About the Flu -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Life Expectancy & Years of Life Lost for Flu

Average life years lost for Flu: 9.5 years for pneumonia/influenza (SEER)1; 10.9 for pneumonia/influenza in North Carolina2; 4.3 average YPLL/person for pneumonia and influenza in Michigan3.

Society statistics for Flu

  Hospitalizations for Flu: 100,000 hospitalizations for flu (NIAID)

Hospitalization statistics for Flu:

The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Flu:

  • 1.03% (131,593) of hospital episodes were for influenza and pneumonia in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 67% of hospital consultations for influenza and pneumonia required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 51% of hospital episodes for influenza and pneumonia were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 49% of hospital episodes for influenza and pneumonia were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 93% of hospital admissions for influenza and pneumonia required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 13.3 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for influenza and pneumonia in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for influenza and pneumonia in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 62 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for influenza and pneumonia in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 18% of hospitalisations for influenza and pneumonia occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 52% of hospitalisations for influenza and pneumonia occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospitalisations for influenza and pneumonia were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2.13% (1,117,888) of hospital bed days were for influenza and pneumonia in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.001% (133) of hospital consultant episodes were for influenza due to identified influenza virus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 83% of hospital consultant episodes for influenza due to identified influenza virus required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 56% of hospital consultant episodes for influenza due to identified influenza virus were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 44% of hospital consultant episodes for influenza due to identified influenza virus were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 88% of hospital consultant episodes for influenza due to identified influenza virus required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 11.4 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for influenza due to identified influenza virus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for influenza due to identified influenza virus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 24 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for influenza due to identified influenza virus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 17% of hospital consultant episodes for influenza due to identified influenza virus occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 17% of hospital consultant episodes for influenza due to identified influenza virus occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2% of hospital consultant episodes for influenza due to identified influenza virus were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.002% (1,109) of hospital bed days were for influenza due to identified influenza virus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.007% (896) of hospital consultant episodes were for unidentified influenza virus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 76% of hospital consultant episodes for unidentified influenza virus required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 52% of hospital consultant episodes for unidentified influenza virus were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 48% of hospital consultant episodes for unidentified influenza virus were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultant episodes for unidentified influenza virus required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for unidentified influenza virus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for unidentified influenza virus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for unidentified influenza virus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 43% of hospital consultant episodes for unidentified influenza virus occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 26% of hospital consultant episodes for unidentified influenza virus occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1% of hospital consultant episodes for unidentified influenza virus were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.008% (3,977) of hospital bed days were for unidentified influenza virus in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • Hospitalization statistics in Australia:
    • 1.3% (51,706) of hospital episodes were for influenza and pneumonia in public hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 8% of hospitalisations for influenza and pneumonia were single day episodes in public hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 84% of hospitalisations in public hospitals for influenza and pneumonia were by public patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 16% of hospitalisations in public hospitals for influenza and pneumonia were by private patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Hospitalisations for influenza and pneumonia at public hospitals occurred in 26.5 people per 10,000 population in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 6.1 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for influenza and pneumonia in public hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Excluding same day episodes, 6.5 days was the mean length of stay in public hospitals for influenza and pneumonia in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 0.46% (11,211) of private hospital episodes were for influenza and pneumonia in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 2.2% of hospitalisations in private hospitals for influenza and pneumonia were single day episodes in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 8% of hospitalisations in private hospitals for influenza and pneumonia were by public patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 92% of hospitalisations in private hospitals in private hospitals for influenza and pneumonia were by private patients in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Hospitalisations in private hospitals for influenza and pneumonia occurred in 5.7 people per 10,000 population in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • 7.9 days was the mean length of stay in private hospitals for influenza and pneumonia in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)
    • Excluding same day episodes, 8 days was the mean length of stay in private hospitals for influenza and pneumonia in Australia 2001-02 (Australian Hospital Data, AIHW, Australia, 2001-02)

About statistics:

This page presents a variety of statistics about Flu. The term 'prevalence' of Flu usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Flu at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Flu refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Flu diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.



Footnotes: 1. SEER Cancer Statistics Review 1975-2000, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
2. Years of Potential Life Lost in North Carolina, NCMJ March/April 2002, Volume 63, Number 2
3. Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, MDCH, Michigan, USA

 

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