During week 3, 9.8% of all deaths reported through the 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System were due to P&I. This percentage was above the epidemic threshold of 7.3% for week 3.
The media often portrays the statistic shown above as the actual death rate from influenza. It is a sampling from up to 122 cities throughout the United States and reports deaths listed officially as due to pneumonia or influenza. The percentage is indicative of the ferocity of the influenza season. It does not, however, portray the actual death rate from influenza alone throughout the nation.