You’re not imagining that this year’s flu season seems more widespread and aggressive than in years past. Thanks to a three-strain flu, the predominance of the H3N2 strain in the majority of flu cases, and that most of the United States is battling the flu at the same time, this is one of the worst flu outbreaks on recent record.
The flu vaccine is very effective against H1N1 and influenza B, but only has a vaccine effectiveness (VE) level of about 10%-30% against H3N2, which mutates as it moves through the population.
While everyone should take precautions against the flu, the medical community and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest children under the age of 5 years, and adults 65 and over exercise extreme caution, as these segments of the population are most susceptible to complications from the virus.
In fact, statistics from mid-January indicate that more patients age 65 and older have been hospitalized with the flu this year than any other age group.
How To Reduce Your Risk of Contracting or Spreading the Influenza Virus
It’s late in the season, but flu vaccines are still effective against the H1N1 and B strains of influenza, and may lessen the severity of H3N2 symptoms, should you contract the flu.
Avoid visiting – or minimize exposure – until their symptoms have subsided.
Not only will you reduce the risk of spreading the flu virus to those with whom you come in contact, you will also give your body the rest it needs to recover.
Flu is likely spread through air molecules, as well as touching surfaces that have come in contact with flu germs.
Masks are particularly necessary if you have a compromised immune system, or if you are under treatment for a variety of disorders that may weaken your ability to ward off the flu.
Taking an over-the-counter fever-reducing medication will make you more comfortable. *If you are under treatment for a medical condition, or take prescription medications, speak to your doctor before taking OTC drugs.
If you feel sick, change your toothbrush, to minimize re-exposure to germs.
Typical symptoms include sudden fever, body aches or chills, sore throat, difficulty breathing, rapid heartbeat, fatigue, or confusion. But any symptoms that do not feel normal to you should be checked out by your physician.
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