Cold & Flu Mid-Season Update

By CleanSmart @ 5:09 pm

Season Update

With flu activity typically peaking every year between December and February, here’s an update on the year’s cold and flu season. The dominant flu strain has turned out to be H3N2. Unfortunately this is one that public health officials were not expecting to be very common. As such, the flu vaccine didn’t contain the strain. By late December, half the country was experiencing high flu rates. Flu activity is continuing, and expected to rise in places that haven’t been hit as hard this year. So far, most of the northeast and west have had the mildest season.

How to Stay Healthy

Though the flu shot isn’t as effective as in past years, the CDC is still recommending it for anyone who hasn’t gotten the vaccine. Everyday actions such as washing hands regularly and staying away from anyone who’s sick are also recommended. In addition to living on our hands, cold viruses have been proven to live on surfaces for over seven days and flu viruses for 24 hours. Disinfecting products should be used to kill these viruses and help stop the spread of illness.

Lastly, make sure to stay home if you are sick and see your doctor about taking antiviral drugs, which can be used to reduce the severity of illness. These drugs work best if taken within 48 hours of getting sick, though can still help further into an illness.

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