Peak of Flu Season May Be Approaching

Peak of Flu Season May Be Approaching

If you spent the holidays feeling under the weather with a flu bug- don't worry you weren't alone- according to the Arizona Dept of Health Services our state now experiencing widespread flu, confirming cases in most every community across the state with CDC figures showing this year's flu season up more than 700% from last year here in Arizona. "Last year we saw in the United States 110 pediatric deaths from flu". It should peak in second or third week of January and end by the end of February or beginning of March, says McGeer. Just because you've gotten a vaccine in past years doesn't mean you're protected this one since the flu does change.

Concern that there's a link between autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the vaccine preservative thimerosal has prevented some parents from getting their children vaccinated.

People over the age of 65 and under 2-years-old are also at a higher risk for complications. That is based on Australia's recent flu season.

Pennsylvania is now labeled as widespread by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means there are flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. It's a pretty simple fix; get your flu vaccine.

Fact: Each year, the seasonal influenza vaccine includes the strains that researchers found will be most prevalent throughout the season.




Nurse B.K. Morris gives a flu shot to Winifred Quinn during a news event about the flu vaccine September 17, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

H3N2 was the most common strain seen in Australia and the vaccine used there has a similar composition to the one being now used in the U.S. In previous years, the effectiveness rates of flu shots has been between 40 to 60 percent. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience worsening of this condition that is triggered by the flu.

"The flu vaccine has to be formulated months in advance in order to have it ready". Individuals with weak immune systems and healthy individuals are equally likely to catch the flu virus. In short, prevention is always better than cure; the best defense against the flu is to get an annual flu shot.

And clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

The 12 states with widespread activity are Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Wisconsin. With the holidays in full swing, and families traveling and getting together, that is expected to get worse.

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