Thursday, January 08, 2015

How Many Have a Cold?

This is one of those winters. The percentage of adults who report being "sick with a cold yesterday" reached an all-time high of 11.6 percent in December, reports Gallup, which has collected monthly data on colds and flu since 2008. By age, young adults are most likely to have been sick with a cold yesterday...

Sick with a cold on an average day in December 2014
Aged 18 to 29: 15.7%
Aged 30 to 44: 12.0%
Aged 45 to 64: 9.9%
Aged 65-plus: 9.6%

A smaller 4.0 percent of adults reported being sick with the flu yesterday, with the figure peaking at 6.9 percent among 30-to-44-year-olds. This is the age group most likely to have children, and people with children are more likely to have the flu (5.8 percent) than those without (3.0 percent).

Source: Gallup, U.S. Flu and Cold Reports among Highest Since 2008

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