Flu Update: The News Isn’t Good
We started talking about flu vaccinations early. That’s because many of our clients start planning their flu clinics in the summer, months ahead of time. Well, flu season is definitely upon us—and it’s shaping up to be one of the worst in years. Flu prevention matters just as much as we thought it would.
First, the bad news.
Flu is widespread in every state except Hawaii. It’s the first time this has happened since the CDC began its current flu tracking system, 13 years ago. Researchers say that the this year is more severe than usual because of a particular strain of flu: H3N2. For a number of reasons, it’s harder to create a vaccine that effectively combats this strain.
What you can do for flu prevention?
There’s still time to benefit from getting a flu shot. Flu season can last well into the spring, so it’s still worth getting vaccinated—even though this year’s vaccine isn’t as effective against H3N2. It still provides protection against several other flu variants, and that’s far better than no protection at all.
Beyond getting your flu shot, take the normal precautions. Wash your hands often. If you feel unwell, stay home to avoid infecting others. And if your flu symptoms become severe, seek medical attention. The CDC gives great advice on when it’s time to go to the doctor. Learn more about how our flu shot clinics can boost flu prevention at your workplace.