The number of Americans with the flu is at an all-time high and the number of adults who will become sick in the next month is at a record high, according to a new report.
A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that nearly 80 percent of Americans aged 65 and older have a current flu shot, and the majority of those people are covered by an insurance policy.
The new survey found that nearly one in three adults who have the flu and are currently receiving coverage will become ill in the upcoming month, a record number for the flu.
And nearly half of those adults (47 percent) say they will become infected with the virus within the next 30 days.
The Kaiser survey also found that the number who will have flu symptoms in the coming month has increased by 10 percent.
The number who are currently getting a flu shot is up by 11 percent.
The numbers have grown since Kaiser conducted its earlier survey in February.
In the previous survey, nearly two-thirds of adults were getting a current vaccine and more than a third had been vaccinated in the previous year.
The survey also showed that nearly three in four adults have a high fever and cough.
Nearly half of Americans (46 percent) have high fever.
About three in five Americans are not taking a flu vaccine.
About half of all adults who get the flu have had symptoms in one form or another in the past month.
The flu is not a disease that most people are immune to, but the number and severity of symptoms are increasing and those who do have flu are more likely to develop symptoms.
The report also found a spike in hospitalizations and deaths for the virus.
About a third of Americans are being hospitalized with flu-related complications.
About one in four people who are being treated for flu-like symptoms in a hospital or nursing home are still hospitalized, and more Americans are hospitalized for a second or third time after being treated than are hospitalized at a time before the flu started.
More than half of the adults surveyed have had a cough or sore throat in the last month, and nearly one-third have had respiratory problems in the same period.
Nearly one in five adults with a cough (21 percent) and more people (14 percent) with a sore throat (15 percent) are also taking cough or sneezing medicine.
The number of people in the U.S. who have been hospitalized with influenza is on pace to increase by about 50 percent by the end of 2020, the Kaiser survey found.
The U.N. World Health Organization says more than 3.5 million people died from influenza in 2020.