The burden of flu in the United States can vary widely and is determined by several factors, including the characteristics of circulating influenza viruses, the timing of the season, how many people have pre-existing immunity to circulating influenza viruses, how well the flu vaccine is protecting those who are vaccinated against illness, and how many people get vaccinated. It is not currently known how flu activity will be impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; however, CDC is preparing for seasonal flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 to spread at the same time.
What’s New for 2021-2022
A few things are different for the 2021-2022 influenza (flu) season, including:
More information about the 2021-2022 flu season is available: Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2021-2022 Season
COVID-19 Vaccination for Pregnant People to Prevent Serious Illness, Deaths, and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes from COVID-19
CDC recommends urgent action to increase COVID-19 vaccination among people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future. CDC strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination outweigh known or potential risks. As of September 27, 2021, more than 125,000 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in pregnant people, including more than 22,000 hospitalized cases and 161 deaths. To learn more, please visit: HAN Archive - 00453 | Health Alert Network (HAN) (cdc.gov).