Roughly 1 in 5 Americans gets the flu each year. And despite today’s news, physicians at AFC/Doctors Express are still encouraging people to get their flu shot!
Fast Flu Facts:
- A flu vaccine contains three or four flu viruses (depending on the
type of vaccine you receive) so even when there is a less than ideal
match, the vaccine may protect against different but related viruses (according to the CDC).
52% of the 85 influenza virus samples collected and analyzed
from October 1 through November 22 of this year were different than the
virus strains included in this season’s flu vaccine.
- The most common strain of the virus reported so far this season is influenza A (H3N2). In the past, this strain has been linked to higher rates of hospitalization and death.
- Even with a less than ideal match, the CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccination, especially high risk groups such as the elderly, young children, and those with chronic health conditions.
- Only two states have reported widespread flu activity so far this season, according to the CDC.
- This past February, the FDA recommended that the 2014-2015 flu vaccine be the same one used for the 2013-2014 flu season.
Flu vaccination rates are on the rise. In 2012-2013, 41% of adults and 56% of children received the flu vaccination (an increase from the previous flu season).
- January through March is peak flu season.