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Pregnant People Hit Hard by Flu, but Many Remain Unvaccinated

Flu season came early this year, and the CDC recently released a report that shows a sharp increase in pregnant people hospitalized for flu. Data collected from 14 hospitals across the United States shows a 20% increase in hospitalizations of pregnant people for the flu compared to the 2018-2019 flu season. It’s no coincidence that these hospitalizations are happening alongside lower flu vaccination rates this season. The Influenza Hospital Surveillance Network (FluSurv-NET) data shows that 46.5% of women aged 15-44 hospitalized for flu were pregnant. Pregnant people are at a higher risk of complications and hospitalizations due to the flu. As a result, reduced vaccination rates are a danger to the health of the pregnant person and the fetus. Read more from NPHIC here.