5 Things to Know about This Winter’s Bad Flu
Flu season has much of the country in a tight grip. Your clients may be rescheduling appointments, or you and your family may have gone through a round with the flu. Here’s the latest we know about it:
- It’s a dangerous flu—young, previously healthy people have died from this—but we’ve had worse seasons. This year is identified as “moderately severe.”
- While there was some indication the numbers had peaked, the past two weeks showed cases increasing again.
- California and Texas were the earliest to suffer and appear to have the largest number of flu cases.
- Very young children can be immunized. The minimum age recommendation for a flu shot was reduced this year to six months old; in previous years it was three years old. With children being affected at high rates, it’s a good idea to immunize your kids.
- It’s not too late to get a flu shot. While it takes two weeks to build immunity, and this year’s shot is estimated to be only 30% effective, the medical community advises that even if the shot doesn’t prevent you getting the flu it may weaken the virus so you won’t die from it.