The Flu Season Is Lingering
The flu season despite thoughts to the contrary is definitely NOT over yet. The normal flu season usually lasts through late February or early March, but the Center for Disease Control warns that a new strain may lengthen the window of vulnerability this year, possibly into May.
The H3N2 strain appears to be showing more symptoms especially with those under 2 years of age, those over 65 or individuals with compromised immune systems.
The best prevention according to experts is STILL getting the flu shot
Flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits each year. For example, during 2016-2017, flu vaccination prevented an estimated 5.3 million influenza illnesses, 2.6 million influenza-associated medical visits, and 85,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations.
Flu shots are still available at the following locations:
See the story reported on WIVB here.