Flu Season Strikes in Unexpected Ways

Posted on February 3, 2015 by

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What is the flu exactly? It is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system, including the nose, throat and lungs.

In the United States, the flu season is considered to be from October through May. People this year are getting the flu shot and are not very happy with the results. The flu vaccines this year are only 23% effective according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC has been studying flu vaccines for ten years now, and they said that the seasonal vaccine effectiveness varies from 10% to 60%. They think the reason for the vaccine effectiveness being so low this year is the genetic changes in the season’s dominant flu strain A (H3N2).

Even with the flu vaccine effectiveness so low, it still can help a little bit and could prevent complications and hospitalizations. The CDC recommends anyone 6 months and older to get the shot or the mist, which is a painless spray up your nose.

The best advice doctors can give is to make sure you wash your hands frequently, cover your coughs, and stay home when you are sick.

“I did not get one this year because I get one every other year,” sophomore Jenna Spohn said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health can keep you updated on everything flu-related, including helpful tips. They update their website every Tuesday. This is run from 28 September 2014 to 23 May 2015.

In Berks County so far, there have been twenty-six flu cases reported and a total of 1,180 in Pennsylvania.

If you are a chocolate fan, you are in luck! Chocolate apparently can help with preventing and curing the flu.

“I get the flu mist because I don’t like needles,” freshman Shelby Ralston said.

“The flu shot is dumb because I just wind up getting the flu anyway, so my mom does not make me get it anymore,” Zack Hadeed said.

If you take precautions and are smart about it, you should be okay this flu season. Try and stay away from anyone who has it until they are sure they are fully cured.

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