This Flu Season Could Be Much Worse Than Others, Health Officials Warn

Henrietta Strickland
December 6, 2017

One reason for the severe flu season may be because this year's vaccine may have been mismatched for other specific flu strains.

According to the CDC, flu activity most commonly peaks in the US between December and February.

Four states now have widespread flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to state health officials, since the start of the season - more than 1,500 Missourians are confirmed to have the flu. Dr. William Schaffner, who is involved in the CDC's flu surveillance network in Tennessee, has noticed cases of influenza picking up "dramatically" in the last week.

Not only has flu season arrived early, but the US may be particularly hard-hit. That's a big jump from 379 at the same time previous year.

This is National Influenza Vaccination Week, and while experts say the vaccine may not be as effective this season as they had hoped, it can still minimize symptoms. Last year's vaccine was 42 percent effective.

Despite recent news that the flu shot may not be as effective as in the past, health officials are still recommending that people get the shot. It's hard to make predictions about how a flu season will play out, as flu viruses are wildly unpredictable. "Rite Aid pharmacists undergo special training and are professionally certified to administer immunizations and with thousands of locations across the country, Rite Aid pharmacies are a convenient and professional setting for flu shots".

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