Winter Flu Season Could Be Worst in 15 Years
Citing health officials, reports are that the winter flu season in the U.S. is starting at its earliest point in over 15 years, and this flu season could peak much earlier than usual. According to health experts, the last flu season that started this early was from 2003-2004, and it was bad.
CDC official Scott Epperson told the AP, "It really depends on what viruses are circulating. There’s not a predictable trend as far as if it’s early it’s going to be more severe, or later, less severe."
Most of the high intensity patient reports have come from six southern states, from Texas to Georgia, CDC numbers show, and officials are saying the winter flu season could peak this month. Flu season usually hits its height in February, so some doctors are preparing for the worst.
170 million doses of the flu vaccine have been distributed so far this year, and the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a vaccinated to protect against the influenza virus.
Editors Note: I got my flu shot over a month ago with no ill effects.