Best Ways to Steer Clear of the Flu

Flu Season’s Starting to Rear Its Head

 Flu Season's Starting to Rear Its HeadThe flu season is fast approaching and the cases of hospitalizations have been increasing gradually. Compared to last year when the H1N1 virus strain was dominant, this year the H3N2 strain is dominant.

Key takeaways:

  • This season, the H3N2 strain is the most dominant even though cases of H1N1 are also being reported.
  • Health professionals recommend that people get the flu shots since it is not known how severe the flu season will become.
  • The effectiveness of the flu vaccine is dependent on whether it contains the currently dominant flu virus.

How effective a vaccine is depends on how good a match it is to the strains of flu virus circulating that year. Most years, the vaccine is between 40 percent and 60 percent effective, according to the CDC.

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