The CDC is reporting that the 2018 flu virus has been one of the worst in recent memory around the United States.

“Influenza activity is still on the rise overall,” CDC’s acting director, Dr. Anne Schuchat said.

There have been spikes in deaths from this year’s flu, and due to the nature of the specific strain that is spreading, the flu vaccine hasn’t been as effective. This equates to more hospitalizations and deaths around the world. According to flu experts, this year’s vaccine hasn’t been as effective against this particular strain of the flu virus.

While the news has been focused on how severe the flu has been in the US, how deadly is the flu around the globe? We pulled country-by-country data from WHO, where available, to build the below map that highlights influenza fatality rate. Each country is coded to show how many people die every year from flu-related illness per 100,000 in population count.

Annual-Flu-Related-Deaths-per-100k-population

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While some countries are riskier than others when it comes to travel during flu season, the biggest fear of most travelers right now is being in public places like airports, or stuck on an airplane with someone infected with the virus.

According to our readers, the flu has directly affected some of their travel plans this year already, with many opting to avoid major travel hubs like airports in order to hopefully minimize their risk. Some have commented to us that they will continue on boldly with their travel plans, unfazed by the virus.

See the full country rankings below:

RankingCountry
Death rate out of 100k
1Croatia3.08
2Finland3.77
3Macedonia4.6
4Italy4.89
5Austria5.7
6Australia5.74
7Cyprus6.1
8Switzerland6.37
9Hungary6.46
10Latvia7.54
11Bosnia/Herzeg.7.8
12Sweden8.04
13Qatar8.22
14Georgia8.34
15New Zealand8.39
16Estonia8.64
17Ukraine8.64
18Spain9.43
19Israel9.59
20Canada9.66
21Luxembourg9.77
22Germany9.86
23France10.01
24Belarus10.04
25Lithuania10.1
26Syria10.52
27United States10.59
28Slovenia10.78
29Iceland11.43
30Lebanon11.55
31Costa Rica12.59
32Turkey13.84
33Malta13.89
34Armenia14.47
35China15.11
36Czech Republic15.85
37Poland16.11
38South Korea16.34
39Ireland16.42
40Bulgaria16.78
41Arab Emirates16.87
42Kyrgyzstan17.04
43Colombia17.14
44Iran17.23
45Netherlands17.35
46Jamaica17.47
47Russia17.89
48Venezuela18.31
49Norway18.33
50Belgium18.69
51Chile19.03
52Denmark19.42
53Greece19.48
54Libya19.58
55Mexico19.92
56Suriname20.06
57Jordan20.08
58Trinidad/Tob.20.14
59Bahrain20.67
60Azerbaijan20.69
61Romania20.77
62Egypt21.06
63Kazakhstan21.16
64Dominican Rep.21.23
65Tunisia21.4
66Mauritius22.6
67Moldova22.77
68Cuba23.35
69United Kingdom23.43
70Iraq24.43
71Uruguay24.95
72Honduras25.15
73Portugal25.25
74Maldives25.26
75Slovakia25.27
76Panama25.34
77Brunei26.34
78Albania27.21
79Barbados27.28
80Nicaragua27.63
81Uzbekistan27.94
82Algeria29.19
83Mongolia29.63
84Bahamas29.71
85Viet Nam30.57
86Paraguay31.32
87Japan32.07
88Fiji33.94
89Kuwait34.53
90Belize34.96
91Sri Lanka35.08
92Oman38.28
93Turkmenistan39.18
94Argentina40.06
95Botswana41.55
96Indonesia43.16
97Ecuador43.54
98Brazil43.59
99Guyana43.77
100Morocco44.27
101Saudi Arabia44.89
102India47.8
103Tajikistan47.83
104El Salvador48.63
105North Korea50.33
106Cambodia50.72
107Bhutan54.48
108Cape Verde55
109Namibia55.84
110South Africa59.33
111Thailand60.4
112Malaysia61.07
113Pakistan62.83
114Bangladesh63.12
115Singapore63.75
116Nepal63.82
117Solomon Isl.68.05
118Timor-Leste72.81
119Peru73.155
120Haiti81.44
121Guatemala86.23
122Zambia86.86
123Madagascar88.74
124Bolivia89.3
125Philippines90.4
126Zimbabwe97.22
127Afghanistan97.78
128Gabon98.05
129Swaziland99.2
130Rwanda100.86
131Mali101.45
132Laos103.64
133Myanmar103.89
134Congo105.79
135Lesotho107.01
136Tanzania107.39
137Djibouti118.36
138Mozambique121.19
139Malawi125.65
140Ghana127.53
141Eritrea132.2
142Comoros139.37
143Uganda139.64
144Mauritania141.26
145Sudan144.59
146Gambia149.55
147DR Congo150.42
148Togo158.15
149Liberia158.16
150Kenya165.6
151Equ. Guinea166.09
152Burundi169.22
153Central Africa170.48
154Angola173.54
155Ethiopia176.36
156Benin176.42
157Cameroon181.62
158Guinea182.55
159Somalia188.73
160Cote d Ivoire194.5
161Niger209.03
162Guinea-Bissau210.98
163Senegal215.18
164Burkina Faso220.99
165New Guinea224.71
166Nigeria234.12
167Sierra Leone256.87
168Chad265.86
169Yemen352.37