Actually no, very few of the 80,000 died directly from viral flu. This is the time of year in which the flu shot gets promoted, and the numbers get inflated. Most of the fatalities were from bacterial pneumonia which may or may not be related.
In the past year, the flu killed an estimated 80,000 Americans — the country’s highest death toll from flu and related complications in more than a decade, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The 2017–2018 flu season has been classified as one of “high severity” (SN: 7/7/18, p. 16), with some 900,000 people hospitalized with flu symptoms — the highest hospitalization rate since the 2005–2006 season.