Flu Season Expected To be Harsher This Year

The flu is a serious disease.

MedExpress pointed to a November 29 perspective published by The New England Journal of Medicine that began: "As clinicians in the United States prepare for the start of another influenza season, experts have been watching the Southern Hemisphere winter for hints of what might be in store for us in the North. Reports from Australia have caused mounting concern, with record-high numbers of laboratory-confirmed influenza notifications and outbreaks and higher-than-average numbers of hospitalizations and deaths". He said flu strains always are out there, 365 days a year, readjusting and reforming.

She said it's not too late to vaccinate, but do it now before your holiday parties.

Thousands of two and three-year-olds in Kent have not been immunised against flu, despite being eligible for a free vaccine.

Most flu seasons don't really get going until around Christmas. However, only about one-third of those tested to be actual cases of the flu, and almost all of those confirmed flu cases were indeed one of the three strains targeted by the current flu shot serum.

New figures from the Arizona Department of Health Services show there already have been 1,143 cases so far this season. How many people get the flu in any given year depends in part on the effectiveness of the vaccine.

Last year, flu remained widespread for 16 weeks, or through the beginning of April. At this time previous year, Memorial Medical Center in Springfield had treated 14 cases of influenza. If you have flu symptoms, PHD advises you to stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others.

The biggest drop in flu shot rates was seen among Hispanic adults (down 7.7 percent from last year).

Vaccines are available at many pharmacies and physicians offices.

Flu numbers across the metro are seeing a spike, thanks in part to this year's flu vaccine simply not being as effective as in years past.

Experts have known for years that the success of a flu vaccine greatly lies with the manufacturer's ability to accurately predict which virus strain will spread the incoming flu season. "That is absolutely false".

There are many varieties of the flu vaccine. This is your immune system doing its job, and should only last a day or so.

So to verify, it is still unknown how effective the vaccine will be in the USA, but it will help.

  • Santos West