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CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is backing away from its decades-old estimate of the number of people who die annually from seasonal flu, instead saying deaths vary widely from year to year.
Instead of the estimated 36,000 annual flu deaths in the United States — a figure often cited to encourage people to get flu shots — the actual number in the past 30 years has ranged from a low of about 3,300 deaths to a high of nearly 49,000, the CDC said on Thursday.