This year’s flu has come early, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In a press conference held in early December, experts at the CDC said that this is the earliest flu season they’ve seen in nearly a decade, since 2003. Because 2003-2004 was a severe flu year, the CDC is concerned that 2012-2013, too, may be an especially dangerous year for the flu.
The current numbers are based on recent reports of flu-related doctor’s visits. The good news is that vaccination can go a long way toward preventing the development of influenza. “Of the doctors who are submitting specimens that we look at to see which strains of flu are spreading, about 90 percent are very well matched with this year’s flu vaccine,” said Thomas Frieden, director for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease.
As always, the CDC strongly encourages vaccination for every season, especially for children, adults 65 and older, pregnant women and people with asthma, diabetes and other long-term conditions who are at high risk from flu complications. Learn more about the flu, including prevention and treatment, from the CDC.
Ready for your flu shot? Stop in to your local Pharmaca any time and request a flu shot from our pharmacists. They can also help answer any questions you have about the vaccine.