US Influenza Activity Dropping, but Hospitalizations Up, CDC Says US Influenza Activity Dropping, but Hospitalizations Up, CDC Says

Influenza activity is falling in the United States, but hospitalization rates rose slightly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Medscape Medical News
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