Snow isn’t the only thing in the air during Winter. Germs are everywhere too.
Flu season started here in Illinois a few weeks ago and the New Year will be the peak of the season. Some flu symptoms are sore throat, fatigue, fever. Symptoms can last from a few days up to a week.
From 2009 through 2011 H1N1 was the predominant influenza strain. But, this year there’s a different type of flu patients are dealing with, H2N3. This strain affects every one of all ages. The most at risk patients are people with chronic illnesses like asthma and diabetes, immunosuppress patients and pregnant women.
Because no one is safe the best way to avoid getting the flu is getting vaccinated. This year’s vaccine contains strains of H3N2 so it should be very effective.
One in every ten people can be infected by the flu to some extent. One in every 100 people will be sick enough to be hospitalized. And, one in every 1,000 will have such severe symptoms that they will undergo extended hospitalization.
If you have the flu stay home from work, or school, and out of the public space. Remember to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, and always remember to wash your hands.
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