Flu Hospitalization Rates Are the Highest in Nearly Two Decades. Here’s Why.

As of February 2, infection rates for the 2017-2018 flu season were still rising, higher than those in any year since 2009, when the swine flu was pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Even more worrying, the hospitalization rate is the highest that the C.D.C. has ever recorded, having just surpassed that of the lethal 2014-2015 season, during which 710,000 Americans were hospitalized and 56,000 died.

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