Flu could be Worse than Last Year

This year’s flu season is off to a fast start and early indications suggest that it may be more severe than the previous season.
Four states currently have widespread flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last winter there were none at this time.
And it may be spreading fast. Dr. William Schaffner, who is involved in the CDC’s flu surveillance network in Tennessee, has noticed cases of influenza picking up “dramatically” in the last week.
Even worse, it appears the dominant strain will be H3N2, which can produce more severe illness.
Medical experts say however imperfect the flu shots are, current influenza vaccines remain a valuable public health tool, and it is always better to get vaccinated.
The CDC estimates that the flu shot prevented 40,000 deaths in the United States between the 2005-2006 and 2013-2014 seasons.