The CDC reports that the current flu virus wreaking havoc across the U.S. is the H3N2 flu. Although, it’s important to understand that there are other current active flu viruses. What is known is that H3N2 is responsible for deaths, severe illness, and hospitalizations.
The H3N2 flu hurts children and adults over the age of 65 particularly severely, making it important that parents and the elderly do everything they can to minimize flu exposure.
While the flu vaccine is no guarantee against the flu, it is an important step in protecting yourself and those around you from serious illness. “This vaccine provides probably your best chance of protecting yourself against the flu, even though it’s imperfect,” said Dr. Paul Offit, professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “There’s no downside to the vaccine. It’s a safe vaccine.” CNBC article
Do not ignore these flu symptoms (particularly in children, elderly adults over 65, pregnant women, and anyone with an underlying disease such as asthma, chronic lung or heart disease, or diabetes):