According to the CDC, the current flu vaccine may not be a good match for the 2014-2015 flu strain.
The influenza A (H3N2) virus has mutated from the vaccine strain, making it possibly less effective. Flu seasons dominated by influenza A (H3N2) strains tend to have higher overall hospitalization rates and more flu-related deaths, especially among older people and very young children compared with flu seasons dominated by the influenza A (H1N1) virus or influenza B viruses.
The current seasonal flu shots will still protect you the against flu strains that have not mutated, such as the influenza A (H1N1) virus and the B viruses contained in the vaccine.
So, what can you do?
Start by following these healthy preventive habits:
Tip 1: Avoid close contact with those who might be ill.
Tip 2: Stay HOME when you are sick.
Tip 3: Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze with the nook of your elbow. Please.
Tip 4: Wash your hands. Heck, wash them again.
Tip 5: Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Tip 6: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
Tip 7: Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
If you have any questions or concerns, check out further flu information from Piedmont.
Stay healthy and don’t worry, spring will be here soon!