Worst Flu Season Since 2009 Says CDC

The flu this year seems to be worse than ever, and for good reason; according to the CDC this years flu strain is the most aggressive since the 2009 swine flu, and this is the important information you need to know about ir.

Between 2017-2018, the flu has hit a record since the 2009 swine flu that affected millions across the world. According to the CDC, this year's intensity of the disease has made is especially strong, and is will probably not disappear until mid-April.

As of now, a secondary strain of the respiratory virus is affecting people, especially those who have underlying diseases, the elderly population and also babies. According to health officials, the number of child deaths between 2017-2018 is 114, 17 of which died between the beginning of this January and the end of February.

Clinics across the country were packed with people affected by the flu, but for the past few weeks, the number of flu related visits to Doctors has dropped.

a man with the flu lying in bed

H3N2 Strikes Hard
The reason behind the potency of the flu this year has to do with the strain of virus that spread across the country – the H3N2. It is the deadliest strain of the two known influenza A viruses that causes severe physical symptoms.
The deadly strain causes complications that sent people to the hospital for the past year, but the good news is that the virus is subsiding. Like other flu strains, the H3N2 hit hard at the beginning of the season, when people are most vulnerable to its effects.

Source: cdc.gov

Although according to the CDC the flu vaccine is limited in preventing infection of the H3N2, it is highly recommended to be vaccinated against it. The CDC has posted recommendations and general information about the 2017-2018 flu that detail the vaccine options available as of today:

• Standard dose flu shots. Most are given into the muscle
(usually with a needle, but two can be given to some
people with a jet injector). One is given into the skin.
• A high-dose shot for people 65 and older.
• A shot made with adjuvant for people 65 and older.
• A shot made with virus grown in cell culture.
• A shot made using a vaccine production technology (recombinant vaccine) that does not
require the use of flu virus or eggs.
Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) – or the nasal spray vaccine – is not recommended for
use during the 2017-2018 season because of concerns about its effectiveness.
Source: cdc.gov

an arm getting vaccinated

Although is is estimated that the worst part of the flu season is over, there are still recommendations to get vaccinated as a secondary strain is still infecting and affecting many people across the country.