Statistically Speaking

As Pittsburgh enters its winter months and the temperature starts to drop, a significant number of students are coming down with some form of cold or flu. Flu season is typically a frustrating time for students, especially during the last weeks of classes and during finals. However, it can also be deadly. Here is a quick history of last year’s flu season:

55,403: the number of people who suffered from the flu during 2010–11

115: the number of flu-related deaths in children 18 years old and younger during 2010–11

44: the number of states that reported “widespread influenza” in February 2011

5,758: the number of influenza strains that were tested for antiviral resistance during 2010

Sources: Centers for Disease Control