Why the Flu Is So Bad This Year?

Flu comes and goes every year and generally we can easily handle it. But this year, we almost had the entire continental U.S. be the same color on the graph.

Why? Here are the four keywords to help you find the answer.

“H3 viruses”
Influenza A, specifically H3N2, should be responsible for it, according to the CDC. It’s obvious in the flu season history that, when the H3 viruses make a sudden visit, more serious cases of the flu would happen, as well as more total infections and hospitalizations among young children and elderly adults.

“Widespread epidemic”
The CDC called it an entire epidemic this time. Roughly 60,000+ people have been suffering from this flu since Oct. 1, the CDC reports. Correspondently, the hospitalization rate goes at 22.7 people per 100,000 U.S. residents.

“Death toll”
This year’s flu has brutally taken 22 more kids away, according to the CDC. On top of the kids, the young, healthy adults and older adults should also stay alert to the severe H3N2 virus. Don’t take it as a mild disease, or you may pay for it with your life.
Sometimes, a flu-weakened immune system is much more likely to get attacked by serious bacterial infections. For instance, complications and death will happen to those with pneumonia or some other chronic conditions.

“Flu shot”
The demand of flu shot is instant but the process of making it can’t be overnight. We all want to find the best targeted vaccine but it’s not easy as the virus is good at changing its face.
The existed vaccine could only work well on about 30% of H3 viruses this year, according to the CDC’s estimation. Even so, you still need to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, for protecting yourself in the following days of flu season. Plus, it could also protect you from influenza B strains, which typically come out later.

In a word, this time, the flu is not gentle. You better care more about you and your family by checking well and preventing well.

When symptoms occur, including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle or body aches, headache and fatigue, go straightly to see your doctor within 48 hours. If you’re sick with the flu, staying home from school or work is highly recommended because you could infect others within 7 days after the diagnosis.

As to an effective and simple prevention, wash your hands in a frequent way and wear a clean mask will be helpful.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.